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1923 Main Street® is a Disney travel podcast hosted by the daddy and daughter team of Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic.

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The 17 Best New Food Items at the 2024 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival
<p>The 17 best food and drink items to try at the 2024 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival. Plus, tips to style your food to take better food photos (and avoid the dated and overused hand-holding-the-food approach). </p><p><strong>Top 17 Picks Foodie Guide: EPCOT Flower &amp; Garden Festival 2024<br></strong><br></p><p>It may be called the <strong>EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival</strong> but food and drink are becoming an increasingly important part of the show. </p><p><br>This year's Flower and Garden festival runs from February 28 through May 27, 2024. With over 60 new items on the Flower and Garden menus, we've narrowed the list to share our top picks from everything that's new so that you can find the best food for both stylish social media posts and to enjoy as well. </p><p><br>Don't forget to pick up a Festival Passport as <strong>Garden Graze is back this year</strong>. This food stroll features eight dishes from the Outdoor Kitchens and you get your passport stamped after trying each one. Once you've tried at least five, you qualify for an exclusive treat from the <strong>Pineapple Promenade</strong>.</p><p><br><strong>EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival 2024 Top Food Picks</strong></p><p><br><strong>The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board  </strong></p><ul><li>Honey-glazed Cauliflower with honey-roasted carrot purée, wild rice pilaf, spring vegetables, honey-blistered grapes, and sunflower brittle <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Florida Fresh </strong></p><ul><li>Grilled Warm Water Lobster Tail with Key lime butter <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick + Photo</strong></li><li>Cubanito with mojo-marinated pork belly, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and stone ground mustard sauce<strong> </strong><strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Swirled Showcase </strong></p><ul><li>Liquid Nitro Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with fresh honey, granulated honey, honey mead blueberry compote <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick + Photo</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Northern Bloom </strong></p><ul><li>Collective Arts Brewing Grapefruit Lime Sour <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick</strong></li></ul><p><strong>La Isla Fresca  </strong></p><ul><li>IMPOSSIBLE Jamaican Beef Patty with Spicy Papaya Syrup <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>(Plant-based) &gt; Top Pick</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Trowel &amp; Trellis</strong></p><ul><li>Chocolate Mousse Terrarium with matcha crumble, and chocolate soil <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick + Photo</strong></li></ul><p><strong>The Citrus Blossom</strong></p><ul><li>Key Lime Wine Slush <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick</strong></li></ul><p><strong>EPCOT Farmers Feast </strong></p><p><br><strong>Springtime Menu </strong><em>(Available March 31 through April 27)</em>:</p><ul><li>Blueberry Buckle with lemon crème fraîche <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Summer Solstice </strong><em>(Available April 28 through May 27)</em>:</p><ul><li>Peach Galette with ginger-vanilla whipped cream<strong> </strong><strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick + Photo</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Jardin de Fiestas </strong></p><ul><li>Sope de Chilorio: Guajillo pepper-braised pork on fried corn shells with black beans, shredded cabbage, crema Mexicana, queso fresco, and chives <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick + Photo</strong></li><li>Tamale de Rajas: Poblano peppers, corn, and cheese in masa topped with poblano cream sauce, crema mexicana, pickled carrots and onions with chives <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick</strong></li><li>Flan de Guayaba: Vanilla flan with guava coulis, whipped cream, and fresh fruit <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick + Photo</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Primavera Kitchen </strong></p><ul><li>Arrabbiata: Pennette pasta, spicy tomato sauce, and buttery shrimp <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick</strong></li><li>Chocolate Cannoli: Chocolate-covered cannoli shell with peanut butter-ricotta filling <strong><em>(New)</em></strong><strong>  &gt; Top Pick + Photo</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Fleur de Lys </strong></p><ul><li>Gâteau au Crémeux Citron, Lavende et Thym, Compote de Fruits Rouges: Warm Cake filled with Lemon, Lavender, and Thyme-infused Cream served with Berry Compote <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick + Photo when sliced open</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Funnel Cake</strong></p><ul><li>Funnel Cake with powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream, strawberries, whipped cream, strawberry glaze, and strawberry crunch <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Top Pick + Photo</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Joffrey’s Coffee &amp; Tea Company </strong></p><p><strong>World Discovery (Near Mission: SPACE) </strong></p><ul><li>Iced Honey Jasmine Latte: A floral fusion of espresso, honey jasmine syrup, milk, whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbles <strong><em>(New)</em></strong><em> (Alcoholic version available with Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur)  </em><strong>&gt; Top Pick</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Style Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, we that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel Style Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>.</p><p>Shop unique and original Disney-inspired clothing, including t-shirts, sweatshirt, hoodies, yoga leggings, dresses, swimwear and more at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/shop">1923 Main Street</a>.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://x.com/1923mainstreet">X</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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What to Wear to 1900 Park Fare, Plus Disney Villains Wedding Gowns
<p>After a long closure, the popular Disney character dining restaurant 1900 Park Fare is finally reopening at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. What to wear when dining there, plus our take on the new Disney Weddings Villains Gowns. Would you wear a black wedding gown? </p><p><strong><em>The "Grand" Reopening of 1900 Park Fare is on April 10 at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort<br></em></strong><br></p><p>1900 Park Fare is re-opening at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort on April 10, 2024, but it's nothing like it was before as some major changes have taken place. </p><p><br>The restaurant will be open for breakfast and dinner (no lunch service), with buffet dining at both seatings. One big point of differentiation is that it will be the same character experience at both breakfast and dinner, whereas breakfast and dinner offered different characters in the past.</p><p><br><strong>Who are the Characters You Can See at 1900 Park Fare?</strong> </p><p><br>Aladdin in his Prince Ali look, Cinderella, Mirabel and Tiana in her new look for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. If you're wondering how this peculiar selection of characters ties together, Disney has positioned it as "they celebrate the power of a wish."</p><p><br><strong>New Decor at 1900 Park Fare<br></strong><br></p><p>1900 Park Fare was in need of a reno, so the refreshed dining room is a good thing. If you are a longtime patron of 1900 Park Fare you'll be glad to know that Big Bertha (the antique organ that is a Grand Floridian original since 1988) is front and centre in the restaurant. </p><p><br>There is a new mural for the entrance and different decor in the different rooms, including drawings of carousel animals inspired by Alice in Wonderland and The Little Mermaid.</p><p>In<strong> </strong>the Main Dining Room there are twelve new portraits created in the impressionist art style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The murals feature different Disney characters as they hope, dream and wish upon a star (or even a magic lamp or a wishing well).</p><p><strong>What to Wear to Breakfast or Dinner at the all-new 1900 Park Fare<br></strong><br></p><p>Whether you go all out or just like to wear something with a subtle tie-in, it's fun to theme your wardrobe to a themed restaurant--especially if you have little ones.</p><p>In this episode of the Disney Travel Style Podcast, Amelia shares her advice on to take a Disney Bounding style approach to the all-news 1900 Park Fare character dining at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.</p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Give Your Disney Wedding a Villainous Touch<br></strong><br></p><p>In our last episode we discussed the new line of Disney Wedding gowns for 2024 and now Disney has released wedding gowns from the darker side. </p><p><strong>Disney Villains Wedding Gowns</strong></p><p>The Disney Villains inspired collection from Allure Bridals feature stunning black wedding gowns inspired by Maleficent, Ursula, Jafar and the Evil Queen. All four styles are available starting at $2,000. And yes, you can get them in ivory as well if black is just too much. But we say if you're going to go there...then go all the way!</p><p>The Ursula gown features a mermaid silhouette with tonal sparkle beadwork on the bodice. Drawing on the flair for the dramatic that is Ursula’s trademark, this gown has detachable sheer sleeves including ruffled detailing at the cuffs.</p><p>If Maleficent is more your style, you can go with a fitted sheath gown in black and green. This gown is truly eye catching, featuring shimmering green velvet and very delicate lace appliques, layered over black organza. The ivory version has chiffon lace accents for a softer touch, but, again, if you're going to go then go all the way.</p><p>The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs comes with linear lace, floral embellishments, beads, and sequins delicately scattered over tulle. The dress features sweetheart neckline leading into a peaked bodice, complemented by truly eye-catching embroidery (which is a trademark of all of these gowns). This gown is rounded out with a wrapped ruffle shawl for an added layer of wicked elegance. The Evil Queen wedding gown is available in black, ivory, or gold. </p><p>Finally, in a unique twist, there is a wedding gown inspired by a male villain: Jafar from Aladdin. This Disney Villain wedding gown features a plunging neckline inspired by Jafar’s trademark collar and it's accentuated by a satin collar. For a sophisticated twist, the bodice is tailored with a nod to menswear (ast Disney puts it) and is paired with lightly puffed full-length sleeves with buttoned cuffs. The Jafar gown is offered in either a subtle ivory or a bold black. </p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Style Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, we that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel Style Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>.</p><p>Shop unique and original Disney-inspired clothing, including t-shirts, sweatshirt, hoodies, yoga leggings, dresses, swimwear and more at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/shop">1923 Main Street</a>.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://x.com/1923mainstreet">X</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Top 6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day at Disney World, Plus Disney Weddings
<p>Wondering how to celebrate Valentine's Day at Walt Disney World? We share the top six ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in style, plus a look at new Disney Parks wedding options and the new Disney Weddings gowns for 2024.</p><p><strong>New Disney Wedding Style Options</strong></p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.disneyweddings.com/">Disney Weddings</a> has added EPCOT with Spaceship Earth as a backdrop to its list of locations for in-park weddings at Walt Disney World. </p><p> </p><p>Disney noted that the offering includes enhanced unique lighting displays on Spaceship Earth, choreographed to music and changing color patterns. EPCOT is now available to book for Disney weddings taking place in January 2025 and beyond.</p><p> </p><p>In case you were wondering, Disney in-park weddings offer a lot of potential setups. Pricing will rise into the hundreds of thousands, starting with a standard $40,000 ceremony fee and going up from there. You must use Disney transportation and so on.</p><p> </p><p>Weddings take place two to three hours after park closing. Ever wondered why Magic Kingdom was closing early one day for no apparent reason?</p><p> </p><p>Weddings can involved extravagent seating and couches along Main Street. The reception in from of the castle with tables elegantly designed. An underlit dance floor in front of the castle. Arrive by a trip down Main Street in Cinderella's Carriage and so on.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney Wedding Gowns 2024</strong></p><p> </p><p>And if you're mortgaging the house for a Disney Wedding, then you have to have a Disney Princess inspired gown from the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Collection, right? The <a href="https://www.disneyweddings.com/disney-boutique/bridal-gowns/">2024 line of Disney bridal gowns</a> was just released and the gowns are, not surprisingly, stunning (and so is the photography being posted on social media by Disney). Sizes are available from 0 to 30 and gowns start at $1,799.</p><p> </p><p>Follow Disney Weddings on Instagram or Facebook if you want to see what all the buzz is about. </p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Top Six Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Style at Walt Disney World</strong></p><p> </p><p><strong><em>How to Surprise Your Special Someone with a Magical Valentine's at Disney World<br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Spa Treatment for Two</strong></p><p><br>If you are a couple who loves spas (or even if your significant other loves them and you want to make it special), the Grand Floridian Spa at <em>Walt Disney World</em> is a great spa where you can relax and unwind together. To book a treatment you can call a Spa Co-ordinator at (407) 824-3039 for more information on their couples options and other spa services. </p><p><br><strong>Hot Air Balloon Ride</strong></p><p><br>If you find it romantic to think of experiencing the "World" from high in the sky, head over to Disney Springs where you can board the Aerophile hot air balloon. This is a fun hot air balloon ride that floats 400 feet above the ground, offering great views of Walt Disney World (and beyond) day and night. You likely won't have the balloon to yourself on this one (it holds 30 people in total), but if you time it right you can catch a flight at sunset or during the fireworks displays for a little extra burst of romance and Disney magic. Cost is currently $30.00 per person (DVC and AP discounts may be available).</p><p><br><strong>Disney Springs Shopping Spree</strong></p><p><br>If your Valentine loves to shop, then why not surprise them with a Disney shopping spree at Disney Springs?! Gift your Valentine a gift card (or cash--which might be better for non-Disney shops) and accompany them on a shopping spree tour of Disney Springs! This is a particularly great gift if you don't normally like to spend time shopping, making it extra thoughtful and something your Valentine will truly appreciate it. Plus you have the option of making a day of it with a hot air balloon ride, treats and a romantic dinner!</p><p><br><strong>Romantic Carriage Ride</strong></p><p><br>Is there anything more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride? Horse-drawn carriage rides are offered through the wilderness trails of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and also at <em>Disney's Port Orleans</em> Resort - Riverside. There aren't many things more romantic than snuggling up with your special someone in an old fashioned horse-drawn carriage through relaxing natural surroundings. The rides are approximately 25 minutes long and leave from Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness and Boatwright's Dining Hall at Port Orleans. Call Disney Reservations for more information: 407-939-7529.</p><p><br><strong>Romantic Dinner for Two</strong></p><p><br>No romantic Disney vacation together would be complete without at least one extra special dinner for two. While Disney World is known for its fun themed dining and character experiences, it is also home to some first-rate award-winning restaurants, many of which are ideal for a romantic dinner for two. You can choose from very formal experiences such as Victoria &amp; Albert's at <em>Disney's Grand Floridian</em> Resort &amp; Spa, to more relaxed--yet very elegant--surroundings such as Citrico's<strong> </strong>right next door or Narcoossee's, nearby. Other great choices include Via Napoli, Takumi-Tei<strong> </strong>and<strong> </strong>Monsieur Paul at EPCOT or The Boathouse at Disney Springs. Pick your personal favorite, or even better, make a surprise choice if you know a particular restaurant they love or want to try. Whatever your tastes, there is a great romantic spot for you somewhere around Walt Disney World. </p><p><br><strong>Bicycle Built for Two</strong></p><p><br>Finally, for some casual but thoughtful romantic fun, a bicycle built for two is a romantic notion that you can do in a very practical way at Walt Disney World with your Valentine. Rent a surrey bike at Disney's Boardwalk Inn (or several other places around Walt Disney World) and you can enjoy a cozy bike ride side-by-side with your special someone. Riding along the Disney Boardwalk and adjacent area at night amidst the lights and activity of the surrounding area is a particularly romantic experience. Plus, you can enjoy dinner, a drink, dessert or even a nightclub after the ride at The Boardwalk</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Style Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, we that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel Style Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>.</p><p>Shop unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, sweatshirt, hoodies, yoga leggings, dresses, swimwear and more at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/shop">1923 Main Street</a>.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://x.com/1923mainstreet">X</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobra...</p>
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Mickey and Minnie Get New Island Styles, Plus February 2024 Packing Tips
<p>Always the Disney fashionistas, Mickey and Minnie are getting new designer clothes for the opening of Lookout Cay later this year. This story, plus Celebrate Soulfully styles and what to pack for your February 2024 Walt Disney World vacation.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Bahamian fashion designer, Theodore Elyett, styles Mickey and Minnie for their Disney Cruise Lookout Cay Debut</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse turned to Bahamian fashion designer Theodore Elyett for their brand new outfits to celebrate the opening of Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Not surprisingly, the outfits have a distinct Bahamian flair, inspired by the bright and colorful spirit of Junkanoo, which is a Bahamas festival filled with joyous music and vibrant parades.</p><p>“The beauty of Mickey and Minnie’s looks are that they are literally ‘Junkanoo Fun in the Sun,’” said Mr. Elyett. “When you talk about the print, pattern, color, texture of Junkanoo, they’ve got that.”</p><p><br>As with just about everything Disney, the details matter. Raffia is a natural material made from the leaves of Raffia palm trees and it's used in The Bahamas to decorate accessories. Eleuthera is known for its pineapples. So if you look close, you'll see that both of these details are found in Mickey and Minnie’s looks. </p><p><br>It's not just Mickey and Minnie who will receive fresh new styles, Theodore Elyett will also design unique outfits for Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Chip ‘n’ Dale to wear at Lookout Cay. All of this will debut in the summer of 2024.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Dress in Style to Celebrate Soulfully at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort</strong></p><p> </p><p>Celebrate Soulfully is on in February to celebrate Black History Month at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. There are so many ways that you can get into the spirit when it comes to your vacation and park style for this event.</p><p> </p><p>If you want to take the musical route, you can take a page from Disney's Soul. Another great inspiration is the 1920s jazz era, which make styles from Tiana and Disney's Princess and the Frog a good fit.</p><p> </p><p>If dressing up for Disney Parks is not your style (meaning you're not likely to be seen taking part in Disney Dapper Days), then a graphic t-shirt featuring a sax, piano or other jazz or soul musical instrument is good way to add a touch of soulful theming to your park style. Even concerts t-shirts from your favorite jazz, soul, blues or other musicians would be a perfect fit.</p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>What to Wear at Walt Disney World in February</strong></p><p> </p><p>Always check the weather using a local Orlando weather station right before your trip to get the most accurate view of the weather you may have. While rain is hard to predict in Orlando, the temperatures are usually a little more reliable (at least as a good guideline).</p><p> </p><p>If you have a Walt Disney World vacation planned for February, here's what to consider when planning your wardrobe. While Florida weather can vary greatly and change on a moment's notice, February tends to lean towards cooler temperatures and cooler evenings.</p><p> </p><p>With the long-term forecast for February 2024 offering up daytime highs from the upper 50sF to the upper 70sF, it will really depend on when your vacation is taking place. Evening temperatures have an even wider range: from upper 30sF to upper 60sF. These wide swings are typical of transition months, but they can cause you fits when deciding exactly what you need to pack.</p><p> </p><p>While you may still get away with shorts and t-shirts during the day, be sure to pack a light jacket, hoodie or sweatshirt for the evening hours. It can get cool at night, so jeans/pants or leggings are also good to bring along. Rain may also impact your stay. It used to be that rain was a rarity for the winter months in Orlando, but that is no longer the case as the global climate and weather patterns continue to change.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Style Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, we that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel Style Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. </p><p>Shop unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, sweatshirt, hoodies, yoga leggings, dresses, swimwear and more at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/shop">1923 Main Street</a>.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://x.com/1923mainstreet">X</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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EPCOT Garden Rocks 2024 Line Up, plus DVC Fort Wilderness and Disney Valentine's
<p>Who's playing the Garden Rocks Concert Series at EPCOT in 2024, plus important dates for the new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) cabins at Fort Wilderness and top picks from the Valentine's foodie guides at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. </p><p><strong>Sneak Peek 2024 EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival Dates and Music Line-Up<br></strong><br></p><p>Spring is almost here and on the Walt Disney World festival calendar that means it's nearly time for the EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival</p><p><br>The 2024 festival runs from February 28 through May 27 including topiaries, gardens, food and music.</p><p><strong><em><br>EPCOT Garden Rocks Concert Series 2024 Line Up</em></strong></p><p><br>All shows at the America Gardens Theatre (American Adventure Pavilion)</p><p>Showtimes: 5:30 p.m. | 6:45 p.m. | 8:00 p.m.</p><p><br>February 28, 29: The Vybe (local cover band)<br>March 1, 2: Jason Scheff (former frontman with Chicago)<br>March 3, 4: Richard Marx (Top Hit: Right Here Waiting)<br>March 5, 6, 7: Evolution Motown (cover band, motown hits)<br>March 8, 9: Berlin (Top Hit: You Take My Breath Away, from Top Gun)<br>March 10, 11: Rick Springfield (Top Hit: Jessie's Girl)<br>March 12, 13, 14: Dian Diaz (pop rock, R&amp;B, Latin, jazz)<br>March 15, 16: Modern English (New) (Top Hit: I Melt With You)<br>March 17, 18: Commodores (Top Hits: Easy; Three Times a Lady)<br>March 19, 20, 21: Foreigners Journey (hits from Foreigner and Journey)<br>March 22, 23, 24, 25: The Orchestra (former members of ELO)<br>March 26, 27, 28: The Female Collective (all female cover band)<br>March 29, 30: Mike DelGuidice (former guitarist/vocalist with Billy Joel)<br>March 31, April 1: The Pointer Sisters (Top Hits: I'm So Excited; He's So Shy)<br>April 2, 3, 4: Funkafied (classic funk covers, with horns section)<br>April 5, 6: Blue October (Top Hit: Hate Me)<br>April 7, 8: Crowder (New) (David Crowder, Contemporary Christian music)<br>April 9, 10, 11: The Hooligans (Psychobilly music)<br>April 12, 13: Jo Dee Messina (Top Hits: Head Carolina, Tails California; My Give a Damn's Busted)<br>April 14, 15: A Flock of Seagulls (Top Hits: I Ran; Space Age Love Song)<br>April 16, 17, 18: M-80s (80s rock cover band)<br>April 19, 20, 21, 22: The Plain White Ts (Top Hit: Hey There Delilah)<br>April 23, 24, 25: The Champagne Orchestra (local jazz band)<br>April 26, 27: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (of Jefferson Starship. Top Hit: We Built this City<br>April 28, 29: Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone (Top Hit: I'm Henry the VIII I Am)<br>April 30, May 1, 2: Southbound (local country music party band)<br>May 3: Monsieur Periné (Afro Colombian latin music)<br>May 4: Raul Acosta and Oro Solido with Magic Juan (Dominican band)<br>May 5: Raul Acosta and Oro Solido with Luisito Ayala and the Puerto Rican Power Band<br>May 6: TBA<br>May 7, 8, 9: Gilly and the Girl (local acoustic duo) <br>May 10, 11, 12, 13: Simple Plan (Top Hit: Perfect) <br>May 14, 15, 16: Element (vocals and band combined with ASL)<br>May 17, 18: The Spinners (Top Hits: It's a Shame; Then Came You<br>May 19, 20: TBA<br>May 21, 22, 23: Epic Live! (party band)<br>May 24, 25: Lit (New) (Top Hit: My Own Worst Enemy)<br>May 26, 27: TBA</p><p><strong><em><br>Garden Rocks Dining Packages Open February 6<br></em></strong><br></p><p>To guarantee priority seating for a show, you can book a dining package at one of seven EPCOT restaurants:</p><ul><li>Akershus Royal Banquet Hall</li><li>Biergarten Restaurant</li><li>Coral Reef Restaurant</li><li>Garden Grill Restaurant</li><li>Rose &amp; Crown Dining Room</li><li>Le Cellier Steakhouse</li><li>Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Brews &amp; Barbecue (same-day, in-person walk-up packages only)</li></ul><p>For more information, including pricing and availability, visit <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/broadway-concert-series-dining-package/?CMP=ILC-DPFY24Q1wo1116230022A">DisneyWorld.com</a>. Packages go on sale beginning Feb. 6.</p><p><br>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>DVC Cabins at Fort Wilderness Open July 1, 2024</strong></p><p><br>Get ready for a little luxury accommodation magic amid the rustic charm of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort.</p><p><br>Starting on July 1, 2024, you will have an all-new way to stay in the great outdoors with many of the comforts of “home” in the newest Disney Vacation Club property, The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.</p><p><br>The new cabins will make a relaxing retreat nestled in the scenic woodlands of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort &amp; Campground. The first loop will open on July 1 with a second loop opening later in the month, and more throughout the year.</p><p><br>Here are some dates to keep in mind before The Cabins begin opening in July:</p><ul><li>February 1: DVC Members can begin purchasing points for the Fort Wilderness cabins.</li><li>February 15: DVC Members who have added on points at the cabins can begin booking stays.</li><li>February 27: Point sales for the cabins open to the general public.</li><li>March 12: New DVC members who have the cabins as their home resort can begin making reservations.</li><li>April 23: All DVC members can begin making reservations at the Fort Wilderness cabins.</li></ul><p>Whether or not you stay at Fort Wilderness, there are several unique things to do onsite:</p><p><strong>Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue</strong></p><p>This is the longest-running live show (with good reason) that we have been visiting since the 1970s. Probably the most under-rated or lesser known of the Walt Disney World must-do</p><p><strong>Tri-Circle D Ranch  </strong></p><p>Whether you are visiting the horses here or taking a relaxing trail ride through the southern pines (recommended), this is another great Fort Wilderness exclusive.<strong> </strong></p><p>Outdoor Recreational Activities</p><p>Fishing, biking, renting a canoe or kayak, or enjoying the playground facilities...if you need a little time and space to escape the high energy of the parks, Fort Wilderness is a great place to be.</p><p><strong>Chip 'n' Dale's Campfire Sing-Along</strong></p><p>Another long-running Fort Wilderness tradition, the Chip'n'Dale Campfire Sing-Along is the most laid back way to interact with these two that you'll find anywhere. Plus, you can buy a s'mores kit from the Chuckwagon Snack Bar or bring your own marshmallows and sticks.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Walt Disney World and Disneyland Valentine's Foodie Guides</strong></p><p><br>Time to feel the love tonight and give the taste buds some tasty attention. Here's this year’s Foodie Guide to Valentine’s Day!</p><p>Walt Disney World</p><p><strong><em><br>Disney Springs <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Amorette's Patisserie </strong><em>(Available Feb. 1 through 17; mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Chocolate-covered Strawberries</li><li>Strawberry Cheesecake</li></ul><p><strong>The Ganachery </strong></p><ul><li>Puppy Love Chocolate Piñata filled with hazelnut truffle treats and crisp pearls <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available Feb. 1 through 15)</em></li><li>Mickey Chocolate Bites: Milk chocolate with caramel crisp pearls, solid 65% dark chocolate custom blend, and solid milk chocolate <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available through Feb. 29) </em><strong>&gt; Top Pick</strong></li><li>Champagne-Strawberry Ganache Square: Strawberry ganache blended with champagne enrobed in dark 65% chocolate <em>(Available Feb. 1 through 18)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar </strong><em>(February 1 - 17) </em></p><ul><li>Berry Lovely: Bacardí Dragonberry Rum with orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, watermelon syrup, and splash of soda garnished with a strawberry <strong><em>(New) &gt; Top Pick</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Vivoli il Gelato &lt;...</strong></p>
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What's Next for Country Bears and Disney Imagineering Loses its Way
<p>Disney's Country Bear Jamboree has a much longer history than many people realize. What's next for the country bears in 2024, plus Disney Imagineering is slowly slipping further away from Walt Disney's approach to park theming. </p><p><strong>The Next Chapter in the Long History of Country Bear Jamboree<br></strong><br></p><p>Country Bear Jamboree will be closing for a complete overhaul on January 27 and will re-open in the summer (no specific month yet) as the all-new Country Bear Musical Jamboree.</p><p>As first announced at Destination D23 last summer, the Country Bears will return with a new show that pays tribute to the Opry style shows of Nashville. Disney promises quite a few Easter eggs throughout the show (including a familiar tune), as the bears sing new and reinterpreted Disney songs in different country music genres.</p><p>Country Bear Jamboree has a long and interesting history. Walt Disney originally conceived the Country Bears concept in the 1960s to be part of the grandiose Mineral King Ski Resort project in California. This, of course, was never actually built. But the Country Bears idea was revived for Walt Disney World where it became one of the most popular marquee attractions when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971.</p><p><strong>Editorial Rant: Current Disney Imagineers Continue to Stray Further from Walt Disney and Closer to Universal<br></strong><br></p><p>Of interesting note in the Disney news story is that Disney continues to refer to this area -- including Tiana's Bayou Adventure -- as Frontierland. So, unfortunately, Disney Imagineers are ignoring trademark Disney Parks theming and slipping further towards a Universal type of fragmented-not-too-concerned-with-lands approach to design. I have often said that the current group of Imagineers is among the worst in Walt Disney World history, so hopefully at some point the sloppy Imagineering can be cleaned up and returned to earlier Disney standards.</p><p><br>A lazy Imagineer is not a good Imagineer. So Bob Iger, please take a look at the lack of basic creative spark and ingenuity in your current Disney Imagineering Department.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Disneyland Lunar New Year Foodie Guide<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Top Food Picks from the 2024 Lunar New Year Event at Disney California Adventure<br></strong><br></p><p>From January 23 to February 18, the Lunar New Year Festival will turn Disney California Adventure Park into a vibrant destination with characters, entertainment, festive décor, merchandise and food.</p><p> </p><p>Whereas Walt Disney World and EPCOT basically phoned it in with a very uninspired food offering for the EPCOT Festival of the Arts, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have knocked it out of the park with one of the best foodie guides we've seen in awhile.</p><p><strong><em><br>Lunar New Year Festival Marketplaces</em></strong></p><p><strong>Bamboo Blessings </strong><em>(Available Jan. 23 through Feb. 18) </em></p><ul><li>Strawberry Milk Tea Macaron: Strawberry buttercream with milk tea center <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Mickey-shaped Hot Dog Bun: Brioche-style Mickey-shaped bun stuffed with hot dog and finished with sesame seeds and scallions</li><li>Taro Vietnamese-style Iced Coffee: Joffrey's Coffee &amp; Tea Co. Vietnamese-style Coffee, cocoa powder, and condensed milk garnished with a taro chocolate sweet cream (Non-alcoholic beverage) <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Lunar New Year Punch: Mango nectar, tangerine and grapefruit juices, and banana and coconut syrups garnished with mango jellies (Non-alcoholic beverage) <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Lunar Punch Cocktail: Coconut rum, mango nectar, tangerine and grapefruit juices, and banana and coconut syrups garnished with a purple orchid <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Mickey-shaped Macaron Straw Clip <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Limit two per person, per transaction; no discounts apply)</em></li><li>Lotus Flower Glow Cube <em>(Limit 10 per person, per transaction; no discounts apply)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Longevity Noodle Co. </strong><em>(Available Jan. 23 through Feb. 18)</em></p><ul><li>Shrimp Lo Mein Noodles: Pan-fried noodles, sautéed shrimp garnished with green onions <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Garlic Noodles: Long noodles tossed in zesty garlic butter with parmesan</li><li>Dragon Cocktail: Dragonberry rum, white rum, lychee nectar, dragon fruit and Chinese five-spice syrups, lime juice, and house-made coriander tea garnished with a dried dragon fruit wheel</li><li>Mickey-shaped Macaron Straw Clip <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Limit two per person, per transaction; no discounts)</em></li><li>Lotus Flower Glow Cube <em>(Limit 10 per person, per transaction; no discounts apply)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Lucky 8 Lantern </strong><em>(Available Jan. 23 through Feb. 18) </em></p><ul><li>Quesabirria Eggroll with guajillo pepper consomé</li><li>Mandarin Orange Mousse Cake: Layers of mandarin mousse with vanilla cake and clementine compote finished with white chocolate crunch balls and a tangerine glaze</li><li>Hibiscus Apple Soju-rita: Blanco tequila, grapefruit liqueur, soju, green apple and hibiscus syrups, house-made hibiscus tea, and lemon juice garnished with a dried apple chip <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Mango Melon Cocktail: Overproof rum, baijiu, allspice liqueur, mango nectar, rock melon syrup, and lime juice topped with grapefruit soda and garnished with a lime wheel <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Mickey-shaped Macaron Straw Clip <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Limit two per person, per transaction; no discounts)</em></li><li>Lotus Flower Glow Cube <em>(Limit 10 per person, per transaction; no discounts apply)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Prosperity Bao &amp; Buns </strong><em>(Available Jan. 23 through Feb. 18)</em><strong> </strong></p><ul><li>Kung Pao Bao with chicken, toasted peanuts, and scallions <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>BBQ Pork Bun with kimchi mayo and garlic chile crunch <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Brewery X Grapefruit Panda Pool Party Bamboo Rice Lager <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Mike's Pick</strong></li><li>Harland Brewing Co. Tangerine Dragon Fruit Hefeweizen <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Stereo Brewing Co. Jasmine Tea Lager <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Eagle Rock Brewery Lychee IPA <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Dragon Beer Flight <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Tsingtao with Frozen Mango Beer Foam</li><li>Mickey-shaped Macaron Straw Clip <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Limit two per person, per transaction; no discounts)</em></li><li>Lotus Flower Glow Cube <em>(Limit 10 per person, per transaction; no discounts)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Red Dragon Spice Traders </strong><em>(Available Jan. 23 through Feb. 18)</em></p><ul><li>Spicy Fried Rice with tofu and crispy peas <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Red Spice Fried Chicken Bites: Fried chicken chicharrones in spicy red chile sauce</li><li>Peach Basil Collins: Gin, ginger liqueur, white peach purée, lemon juice, and house-made Thai basil syrup topped with Topo Chico and garnished with a purple pansy <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Guava Whiskey Cocktail: Whiskey, ginger liqueur, guava nectar, coconut cream, and lime juice garnished with a lime wheel</li><li>Mickey-shaped Macaron Straw Clip <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Limit two per person, per transaction; no discounts)</em></li><li>Lotus Flower Glow Cube <em>(Limit 10 per person, per transaction; no discounts apply)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Wrapped with Love </strong><em>(Available Jan. 23 through Feb. 18)</em></p><ul><li>Fried Lemongrass Chic...</li></ul>
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Top Food Picks: EPCOT Festival of the Arts 2024, plus a New Tiana Addition
<p>It may not be the biggest EPCOT festival, nor does it have the best options when it comes to food, but the EPCOT Festival of the Arts does have have nicely crafted artistic dishes worth trying and we share our top picks for what to try at the 2024 edition. Plus, a milestone is reached at Tiana's Bayou Adventure with a fine detail worth discussing.</p><p><strong>Top Picks Foodie Guide: EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 2024<br></strong><br></p><p>From January 12 through February 19, the EPCOT Festival of the Arts is back to celebrate arts of all kinds, including the culinary art.</p><p>With nearly 18 Food Studios and a big presence from Figment that includes a brand new Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket with Rainbow Popcorn, you better come hungry. Here are our top picks from what's new.</p><p><strong><em><br>The Deconstructed Dish</em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:  </strong></p><ul><li>Deconstructed BLT: Pork belly, onion bread pudding, watercress espuma, and tomato jam</li><li>Deconstructed Key Lime Pie: Flexible Key Lime Curd, “Key Lime” Mousse, Graham Cracker Cake, and Meringues <strong>(The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Deconstructed Strawberry Mint Julep (Non-alcoholic beverage)</li><li>Wicked Weed Brewing Blank Canvas Belgian Blonde Witbier</li><li>Deconstructed Strawberry Mint Julep with bourbon</li></ul><p><strong><em>Cuisine Classique</em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Beef Wellington: Mushroom duxelles, prosciutto, and puff pastry with red wine demi-glace</li><li>Cast Iron-roasted P.E.I. mussels with sautéed tomatoes, garlic, and fresh herbs</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:  </strong></p><ul><li>Gulf Stream Brewing Company Sum of All Colors IPA <strong><em>(New) &gt; Mike's Pick</em></strong></li><li>Tesselaarsdal Pinot Noir <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong><em>Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food, and Little Sparks of Magic</em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Blueberry-filled Pastry Tart with purple icing <strong>(The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)</strong></li><li>Rainbow Cake with freeze dried SKITTLES bite sized candies</li><li>Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket with Rainbow Popcorn <strong><em>(Limit two per person, per transaction; available while supplies last.)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Grape Smoothie with freeze dried SKITTLES bite sized candies (Non-alcoholic beverage)</li><li>3 Daughters Brewing Black Cherry Hard Cider</li><li>3 Daughters Brewing Blood Orange Hard Cider</li><li>3 Daughters Brewing Passion Fruit Hard Cider</li><li>Rainbow Hard Cider Flight</li><li>81Bay Brewing Co. Green with Envy Blonde Ale</li><li>81Bay Brewing Co. Blue Butterfly Lager</li><li>Urban Artifact The Gadget Raspberry &amp; Blackberry Midwest Fruit Tart</li><li>Rainbow Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong><em>The Craftsman’s Courtyard </em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Grilled Pork Belly with salsa verde, broccoli rabe, pickled peppers, and raclette cheese on grilled sourdough <strong><em>(New) &gt; Mike's Pick</em></strong></li><li>Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak with caramelized onions and mushrooms, blue cheese fondue, and arugula on a grilled French roll <strong><em>(New) &gt; Amelia's Pick</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>BrewDog Jet Black Heart Nitro Oatmeal Stout</li><li>Coffee Old Fashioned Cocktail</li></ul><p><strong><em>Refreshment Outpost</em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Parish Brewing Co. Blueberry Mochi Berliner Weisse</li><li>The Tank Brewing Co. Street Art Amber</li><li>Brewery Ommegang Neon Rainbows IPA</li></ul><p><strong><em>Pastoral Palate </em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes, and balsamic glaze</li><li>Black Forest Cake: Chocolate mousse with morello cherries and chantilly cream<strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider</li><li>81Bay Brewing Co. Rosé Blonde Ale</li><li>Frozen Rosé</li><li>A Play on Rosé Flight</li><li>Marietta Old Vine Rosé</li></ul><p><strong><em>The Artist’s Table <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Duck and Dumplings: Smoked duck breast, ricotta dumplings, baby vegetables, and duck jus</li><li>Hummingbird Cake: Banana and pecan cake dipped in cream cheese icing with caramel sauce and warm pineapple compote</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Wicked Weed Pineapple Daydream IPA <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Mike's Pick</strong></li><li>Brew Hub Jazzberry Wheat Jam Ale <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Lost Coast Brewery Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Migration Pinot Noir <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Beer Flight also available</li></ul><p><strong><em>Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Grilled Kebabs with carrot-chickpea salad and garlic aïoli <ul><li>Chermoula Chicken</li><li>Moroccan-spiced Lamb</li></ul></li><li>Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with hummus, chermoula, and zhoug dips <strong>(Plant-based Item)</strong></li><li>Chocolate Cake with pomegranate mousse and pomegranate whipped cream <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Twinings Chai Tea with Sprite and mint (Non-alcoholic beverage)</li><li>Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Grizzly Pear Hard Cider <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Hard Cider <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Keel Farms Blueberry Lavender Hard Cider <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Chai Tea Mint Mimosa: Twinings Chai Tea with Key lime sparkling wine and mint <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Hard Cider Flight</li></ul><p><strong><em>Vibrante &amp; Vívido: Encanto Cocina </em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Chorizo and Potato Empanada with turmeric aïoli and annatto aïoli <strong>(The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)</strong></li><li>Passion Fruit-filled Mango Cheesecake with coconut-pineapple cake, dragon fruit gelée, and dragon fruit-strawberry sauce <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie (Non-alcoholic beverage)</li><li>Frozen Piña Colada</li><li>Passion Fruit Daiquiri</li></ul><p><strong><em>Gourmet Landscapes </em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items: </strong></p><ul><li>Verjus-roasted Beets with goat cheese, petite lettuce, blackberry gastrique, and spiced pecans <strong><em>(New) </em></strong>(The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)</li><li>Roasted Bone Marrow with onion marmalade, pickled mushrooms, and petite lettuce</li><li>Wild Mushroom Risotto with truffle shavings and zinfandel reduction <strong>(Plant-based Item) </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Whole Hog Brewery Raspberry Chéret Double Radler</li><li>Schlumberger Cuvée Klimt Brut</li><li>The Meeker Vineyard Winemaker’s Handprint Merlot</li><li>Frozen Scotch Cocktail: Scotch and herbal tea garnished with a chocolate nail</li></ul><p><strong><em>Refreshment Port <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Gnocchi Poutine with red wine-braised beef, cheese curds, basil, and burrata</li><li>Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Blood Orange Cosmo: Boyd &amp; Blair Potato...</li></ul>
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What's New and Coming to Walt Disney World in 2024: A Planning Guide
<p>What you want to know when planning your 2024 Walt Disney World vacation. While there may not be a brand new marquee ride or attraction launching at Disney World in 2024, there are still several reimagined rides coming your way, plus some returning old favorites and new onsite Disney accommodations.</p><p><strong>What's Ahead for Walt Disney World in 2024</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Everything You Need to Know for Planning Your 2024 Disney World Vacation</strong></p><p> </p><p>What's New at Walt Disney World? What's Changing? And what could we see at Walt Disney World in 2024 that hasn't yet been announced?</p><p> </p><p><strong>New Rides and Attractions Coming to Walt Disney World in 2024</strong></p><p> </p><p>Two (sort of) new rides are on the way...and possibly a third</p><p><br></p><p>All three are not technically new, but rather they are overhauls of existing rides. </p><ol><li>Tiana's Bayou Adventure (previously Splash Mountain)</li><li>The Little Mermaid: A Musical Adventure (previously Voyage of the Little Mermaid)</li><li>Still in question (currently Rock'n'Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith)</li></ol><p><strong>Some Old Favorites Return to Walt Disney World in 2024<br></strong><br></p><p>The Disney Dining Plan is back, Disney World park hopping is back, and the Disney World Park Pass reservation system is gone for some guests. </p><p>Genie+ will undergo some sort of change in order to target the disruptive 7:00 a.m. day-of booking procedure.</p><p>Beyond that, we can expect further price increases to continue and even more tweaks as Disney tries to address the fixes they made when things weren't broken.</p><p> </p><p>One big question mark is still the long outstanding re-opening of 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Two New Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resorts will Open at Walt Disney World in 2024</strong></p><p> </p><p>The Polyday Inn (as we call it), aka the new Polynesian Village DVC Tower and the DVC Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground are both scheduled to open at some point in 2024. </p><p>We expect the DVC cabins at Fort Wilderness to open first, followed by the new tower at the Disney's Polynesian Village Resort later in 2024.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Shop unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, sweatshirt, hoodies, yoga leggings, dresses, swimwear and more at the <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/shop">Emporium at 1923 Main Street</a></p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://x.com/1923mainstreet">X</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Disney World's Uneven Treatment of Annual Passholders is a Problem
<p>As Walt Disney World announces great new additions for 2024 (including a brand new Little Mermaid attraction) they are also implementing policies that put their most loyal customers at the back of the line.  </p><p><strong>Walt Disney World's Uneven Treatment of Annual Passholders is a Problem for Some <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Good-to-Go Days are Great for Local Annual Passholders, but all others are out of luck<br></strong><br></p><p>A lot of changes are coming our way at Walt Disney World in 2024 and depending on where you fit in Walt Disney World's priority queue, these can be good or bad.</p><p><strong><br>Out of State Disney World Annual Passholders Moved to the Back of the Line</strong></p><p><strong><br>Good-To-Go Days Calendar Coming January 11</strong></p><p><br>In 2024, Disney World will allow local annual passholders periods of spontaneity with so-called “good-to-go” days. While this idea is better than nothing for Orlando locals, it's still pretty shameful. Here's how it will work:</p><ul><li>On good-to-go days, Annual Passholders can enter the theme parks without a Park Pass reservation (specific pass blockout dates will still apply).</li><li>Good-to-Go Days will be listed on Disney World's theme park reservation calendar, Annual Passholder admissions calendar and My Disney Experience app starting <strong>January 11, 2024</strong>.</li><li>Days will be added randomly at any time throughout the year.</li></ul><p><br><strong>Who Do Good-to-Go Days benefit?<br></strong><br> Good-to-Go Days at Walt Disney World are directly aimed at local Walt Disney World annual passholders. It's not quite the unfettered entry that it should be, but it's better than nothing.</p><p><br><strong>Imagine if Airlines Treated Frequent Flyers the way Disney Treats Annual Passholders?</strong></p><p><br><strong>Who Gets Ignored by Disney World Good-to-Go Days?</strong><br> <br>Good-to-Go Days do nothing for the large number of Walt Disney World Annual Passholders who aren't local: those who are out-of-state or international. These are the Annual Passholders more likely to spend thousands of dollars on every visit, with Disney hotel reservations, dining and so on. This is the group of loyal Disney travelers. This group is getting snubbed by Disney as they get nothing. Disney continues its unfortunate tradition of treating some of its highest value guests the worst.</p><p>Since this group almost always uses Walt Disney World Annual Passes as part of a Disney Vacation, they should receive the same treatment as Date-Based Ticket holders, as long as the passholders are staying onsite at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel or Villa. This needs to change before Disney alienates even more of the guests who contribute most to its parks and resorts revenue.</p><p><strong>Park Hopper is Getting Back to Normal<br></strong><br> On the plus side, Disney Annual Passholders and guests with Park Hopper tickets or passes will once again be able to park hop without waiting until a pre-set afternoon time starting January 9, 2024. Annual Passholders can also visit any park without requiring a Park Pass reservation after 2:00 p.m. (except for Magic Kingdom on a Saturday or Sunday).</p><p><strong><br>The Winners in the Theme Park Reservation Debacle<br></strong><br></p><p>Anyone who buys date-based standard tickets (typically one-time Walt Disney World visitors) won't need to go through the hassle of making theme park reservations. This is great for infrequent travelers, who continue to get the premier treatment by Walt Disney World. Guests including Disney Vacation Club members with Annual Passes get nothing except all the pains of Disney travel implemented with covid.</p><p><strong><br>Dining Plans Return<br></strong><br></p><p>If you're a fan of the Disney Dining plan you'll once again have the option to buy one of two offerings: the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan. These plans are great for convenience, but may or may not be good value depending on your eating habits.</p><p><strong><br>What’s New with Dining Plans<br></strong><br></p><p>For all the Disney foodies out there, dining reservations are open for booking for guests staying at Disney Resort hotels who purchase a vacation package with a Disney dining plan for arrivals in January through early February! Guests can book dining up to 60 days in advance, and as a Disney Resort hotel guest, guests may book dining for their entire length of stay (up to 10 days).</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Princess Ariel is Finally Coming Back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios with an All-New Show<br></strong><br></p><p>After years of wondering if the Ariel's Animation Courtyard Theater would host a new Little Mermaid show, we now know that “The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure” will debut in the fall of 2024. The show is inspired by the original Walt Disney Animation Studios 1989 classic version of The Little Mermaid. </p><p>Only limited details have been released, but so far we know the show will be a complete overhaul, featuring all-new set pieces, current tech effects and a "bold new design" that captures Ariel’s imagination and emotions through her unique view of the world around her.</p><p>This will, of course, be a musical version featuring “Part of Your World,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” and “Kiss the Girl.” </p><p>Theater construction is ongoing and we look forward to hear more about this refreshed attraction.</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Shop unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, sweatshirt, hoodies, yoga leggings, dresses, swimwear and more at the <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/shop">Emporium at 1923 Main Street</a></p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://x.com/1923mainstreet">X</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Why French Fries and Lobby Scents are Disappearing from Disney World
<p><strong>Major Changes to the Disney Guest Experience, plus are French Fries Disappearing from Walt Disney World?</strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>Walt Disney World Trip Report: Christmas Holidays 2023</strong></p><p> </p><p>The Christmas Holidays vacation experience at Walt Disney World is our favorite time of year to visit. Just back from our most recent stay at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, we have a lot of news to share, including some changes we noticed and some hints of what may be coming in 2024.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney Merchandise on Sale</strong></p><p>In a major trend reversal, it is suddenly common to see a significant number of items on sale at Walt Disney World shops, most with substantial discounts. We noticed that these are the types of items and prices that would normally have been found only at the Disney Character Warehouse at the Vineland Outlet Mall. This may be Disney's way to upend the scourge of eBay pirates who have had a negative impact  (springs best, Disney avoiding Character Warehouse). Whatever the reason, this is good news for Disney World travelers. </p><p> </p><p>Disney Travel Tip: Not all items are discounted equally across Walt Disney World Resort. We found that the best variety of items on sale is found at Disney Springs in the Marketplace and World of Disney in particular.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Ride Wait Times</strong></p><p>Disney World ride wait times were often twice as long as what was posted, a reversal from our experience over the past year when ride wait times tended to be shorter than what was posted.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party</strong></p><p>The 2023 edition of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party was better than past years, showing some improvements to an already fun event. There was noticeably more ambiance particularly throughout the entrance experience walk in particular. Food, treats and the cookie stroll continue to be great (a top pick is the gingerbread cake at Golden Oak Outpost -- a hidden gem).</p><p> </p><p>On the downside, there are still long wait times for most rides (so we continue to find Disney's marketing of shorter wait times during these events to be a marketing campaign only--it simply is not the case.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Jollywood Nights Falls Victim to a December Tropical Storm Like Occurrence</strong></p><p>Jollywood Nights rained out on December 16, the night we were supposed to attend. It was the right call by Disney given the torrential tropical storm-like rain, but we were never notified by Disney. Travel agents received instant notification (presumably to alert their clients), but as guest who bought tickets directly, we never got any notice at all from Disney that it was cancelled. </p><p>This is a significant oversight by Disney and one they need to correct. On the plus side, they did refund the tickets on that same day, so at least someone was on the ball.</p><p> </p><p><strong>What's Coming for Genie+ in 2024</strong></p><p>One Cast Member we spoke with hinted that the new Genie+ may just be the ability of onsite guests to make their first selection the night before. The CM noted that the biggest guest complaint was having to get up at 7:00 a.m., so this would directly address that. We view that as a shortsighted response to the issue by Disney, but it would still be better than the current situation.</p><p> </p><p>We probed on the potential to get rid of Park Passes for Disney Annual Passholders who have an onsite hotel reservation, but did not get a very encouraging response (and not much of an in-depth response at all on that one). </p><p> </p><p><strong>French Fries are Getting Harder to Find at Walt Disney World</strong></p><p>In an alarming trend for some, french fries are quietly disappearing from many Walt Disney World quick service menus. It used to be that they were a staple with burgers in particular as an option. Now, you're far more likely to find chips or nacho chips as the side. This is not for health reasons, but likely to reduce costs and streamline speed of delivery. Disney noted in comments over the past two years that their intention was to find more efficiencies in food service and substituting chips for french fries in many quick service dining locations is just one example of how they go about doing this.</p><p> </p><p><strong>The Aromas of Disney Hotel Lobbies are Fading Away: Are they Gone for Good? </strong></p><p>It's not your imagination, we definitely noticed that the trademark lobby scents associated with many Disney resort hotels are disappearing, or far less obvious. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort has no noticeable scent and this included a distinct lack of any gingerbread smell to accompany the Christmas holiday lobby display. This is a sad change that we hope is not permanent (but believe that it probably is).</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Shop unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, sweatshirt, hoodies, yoga leggings, dresses, swimwear and more at the <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/shop">Emporium at 1923 Main Street</a></p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://x.com/1923mainstreet">X</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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The Complete Guide to Disneyland Events 2024
<p><strong>Disneyland Special Events 2024: Dates and Recommendations for your Vacation</strong></p><p><br>The complete guide to every event happening at Disneyland Resort in 2024. With so much going on, does Disneyland top Walt Disney World when it comes to special events?<br><strong><em><br>Pixar Fest <br></em></strong><br></p><p>Pixar Fest is back at Disneyland from April 26 through August 4, 2024, and covers Disneyland Resort theme parks, all hotels and the Downtown Disney District.</p><p>The festival features a new daytime parade called Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration! and will debut at Disney California Adventure. At Disneyland park, Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular returns with new scenes. </p><p><strong><em><br>Disney Festivals and Limited-Time Celebrations<br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park (January 23 - February 18)</strong>: A tribute to Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean traditions, this event kicks off the Year of the Dragon with Asian-inspired food and drink, décor and Mushu leading the way in Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession.</p><p><strong>Celebrate Gospel at Disneyland Park (February 17 and 24)</strong>: At the Fantasyland Theatre, the 2024 Celebrate Gospel concerts will be headlined by Marvin Sapp (Feb. 17) and Tasha Cobbs Leonard (Feb. 24). Celebrate Gospel is a tribute to Gospel music featuring artists and choirs from across Southern California.</p><p><strong>Anaheim Ducks Days at Disney California Adventure Park (February 22 - 23)</strong>: Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Anaheim Ducks at Disneyland Resort. This two-day event in Hollywood Land, includes a celebratory cavalcade, fan zone with themed activities and photo opportunities, plus appearances by select current and Ducks players.</p><p><strong>Disney California Adventure Food &amp; Wine Festival (March 1 - April 22)</strong>: This popular festival serves up foods and drinks, plus cooking demonstrations and family- friendly entertainment inspired by a wide range of California cultures. Soarin’ Over California also returns for a limited time during the festival.</p><p><strong>Season of the Force at Disneyland Park (April 5 - June 2)</strong>: Season of the Force comes to Disneyland with the Hyperspace Mountain makeover along with themed food and drink, merchandise and more. Launching during the celebration are new adventures for Star Tours. Plus, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will offer a new perspective on Disneyland fireworks with galactic music pumping through the spires.</p><p><strong>Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort (August 23 - October 31)</strong>: The Halloween season transforms the resort with fall décor, characters dressed in their Halloween best and attraction makeovers.</p><p><strong>Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure Park (August 23 - November 2)</strong>: The bonds of family and Mexican traditions of Día de los Muertos are honored through a cultural experience featuring storytelling and music from Pixar’s Coco.</p><p><strong>The Holiday Season at Disneyland Resort (Begins November 15)</strong>: Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure features seasonal overlays on attractions, holiday spectaculars, festive food and drink and wintry décor throughout the resort.</p><p><strong><br>Oogie Boogie Bash 2024<br></strong><br></p><p>Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party returns to Disney California Adventure in 2024. This event includes treat trails, character sightings and special Halloween entertainment. </p><p><strong>2024 Disneyland After Dark Nights and Dates<br></strong><br></p><p>Disneyland After Dark runs on select nights from January through June. Disneyland park will host four themed events featuring special entertainment, character encounters along with sweet treats and savory snacks. For 2024, there's even a brand new event called Disney Channel Nite.</p><p>All Disneyland After Dark events start with a three-hour pre-party mix-in at Disneyland Park from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (parties tend to officially start at 9:00 p.m.). Admission also includes commemorative keepsakes such as a souvenir credential and an event guide map, plus unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken throughout the party.</p><p><strong><br>Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite, Disneyland Park </strong></p><p><strong>January 23, 25, 30, <br>February 1, 6, 8, 12, 14<br></strong><br></p><p>Sweethearts’ Nite celebrates love on eight different nights and includes:</p><ul><li>A royal cavalcade through Disneyland Park, featuring some of your Disney’s favorite royals, transported by equally regal horses.</li><li>Dance with princesses, princes and Disney characters at the evening’s royal ball.</li><li>Stitch and Angel will host a dance party at the stage in Tomorrowland. </li><li>Unique photo backdrops will offer an opportunity to step into some iconic scenes of love and friendship, including Lady and the Tramp, Tangled, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, and more.</li><li>Special lighting, projections and Disney love songs will create the perfect atmosphere for romance, friendship and family fun throughout the park.</li><li>Sweet treats and savory items will be available, created especially for Sweethearts’ Nite. New offerings will include a shortbread cookie churro with strawberry cheesecake dipping sauce and the Café Daisy fried heart-shaped ravioli, plus some returning and reimagined favorites like the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe Chocolate &amp; Strawberry-stuffed croissant.</li><li>Specialty menu items will also be available at Plaza Inn, Cafe Orleans, River Belle Terrace and Carnation Café. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online soon.</li></ul><p>A limited number of Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite tickets are pre-sale for Magic Key holders on December 12, 2023 on Disneyland.com. On December 14  tickets will go on sale to the general public and are subject to availability.</p><p><strong><br>Disneyland After Dark: Disney Channel Nite, Disneyland Park</strong></p><p><strong>March 5 and 7, 2024<br></strong><br></p><p>This is an all-new, nostalgic celebration highlighting themed offerings from favorite Disney Channel shows across various eras of programming. There will be music, memorable characters, high-energy parties, unique photo opportunities and more. Offerings include:</p><ul><li>A “High School Musical” pep rally will take place through the streets of Disneyland Park celebrating songs from the “High School Musical” franchise.</li><li>The “Phineas and Ferb<em>”</em> dance party at the stage in Tomorrowland will be a high-energy dance party, complete with a DJ and appearances by your favorite “Phineas and Ferb” characters.</li><li>“Camp Rock” karaoke will allow you to sing favorite songs, and The Ultimate Disney Channel Trivia Challenge will test Disney Channel fans at The Golden Horseshoe.</li><li>“Descendants” at the Rivers of America will invite you to take a cruise on the Sailing Ship Columbia and enjoy music from the “Descendants” trilogy.</li><li>Special photo backdrops representing favorite Disney Channel shows and movies will include “Lizzie McGuire,” “The Cheetah Girls,” “Teen Beach Movie” and more.</li><li>Enjoy special themed foods and snacks all evening long. A few items to watch for are the mini banana burritos and tropical banana punch at Red Rose Taverne, plus chili cheese loaded nachos, and s’mores donut skewer from Café Daisy. Specialty dining packages will also be available.</li></ul><p>A limited number of Disneyland After Dark: Disney Channel Nite tickets went on pre-sale for Magic Key holders on December 12 on Disneyland.com. On December 14, 2023, tickets go on sale for the general public and are subject to ava...</p>
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Walt Disney and the Hatbox Ghost Appear at Walt Disney World
<p>Two new features at Walt Disney World including appearances by Walt Disney and the Hatbox Ghost. Which of these is a bigger draw and were the implementations up to par? </p><p><strong>The Hatbox Ghost is Now Haunting the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World</strong></p><p><br>The Hatbox Ghost has (finally) returned to the Haunted Mansion, but is this incarnation a hit or a miss? </p><p>Where to Find the Hatbox Ghost in the Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion</p><p><br>The Hatbox Ghost appears next to the Endless Hallway, in the spot previously occupied by the Donald Duck chair. The ghost appears through a cobalt blue glass-paned door. If you appreciate Disney detail, pay attention to the muddy footprints that mark the Hatbox Ghost's path as he arranges his cart of hatboxes and luggage. The scene is lit by the "moon" and the warm glow of a dim lantern and you will come face-to-face with the Hatbox Ghost from your doom buggy, as he entertains you with his trademark trick of displacing his head from his shoulders to hit hatbox.</p><p><br>To create the perfect ambiance, Disney Imagineers tinkered with the Haunted Mansion lighting and paint both in the queue and inside the mansion.</p><p>While the implementation of the Hatbox Ghost in the Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion isn't quite how it was described at D23 (which is becoming an unfortunate trend), it is still a nice addition to the mansion.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Walt the Dreamer Statue Unveiled at World Celebration Gardens<br></strong><br></p><p>In celebration of Walt Disney’s birthday on December 5, EPCOT opened Dreamers Point in the new World Celebration neighborhood.</p><p>The area features a brand new statue called "Walt the Dreamer," which will become an instant trademark photo spot. The statue was modelled after Walt Disney as he appeared later in life, specifically around the time when he was dreaming up the overall Florida Project and the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. This is a nice and thoughtful touch.</p><p>This new Walt Disney statues is one of many areas to visit within World Celebration Gardens. where guests will be able to relax, unwind, and connect — to EPCOT, to nature and to each other. Each of the gardens connect back to the areas surrounding them, drawing on the original circular hub design plans for EPCOT. Some say it is a confusing and congested design, while others applaud the oasis of shade that will increase as the foliage grows (something that EPCOT desperately needs).</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Shop unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, sweatshirt, hoodies, yoga leggings, dresses, swimwear and more at the <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/shop">Emporium at 1923 Main Street</a></p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://x.com/1923mainstreet">X</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Disney Springs at Christmas: Why it Tops at Least One Disney Park
<p>Most guests think it's all about the parks and resort hotels when it comes to Christmas at Walt Disney World, but Disney Springs can give them all a run for their money (and even top one park as a must-do holiday destination). </p><p>Here's why Disney Springs is a top pick for holiday spirit at Walt Disney World (and the fact that it's free for anyone to visit is just a bonus). </p><p><strong>The Complete Guide to Disney Springs Christmas 2023</strong></p><p>The best things to do at Disney Springs this Christmas holiday season</p><p><strong>Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll (Free)</strong></p><p>One of the most underrated traditions at Walt Disney World is the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll. For 2023 the Christmas Tree Stroll has 19 Disney- decorated trees with themes from Disney, Pixar, <em>Star Wars</em> and Super Heros. For the first time you can interact with six of the Christmas trees with your DIsneyBand+ (aka MagicBand+). Look for a DisneyBand+ icon to know which trees are active. There's also a Christmas tree map adventure. Get a map of the trees from City Works Eatery &amp; Pour House, Crystal Arts, Joffrey's Coffee, The LEGO Store or Planet Hollywood. As you see each tree, match a sticker to the location on the map then bring your map to any of these same locations for a special surprise.</p><p><strong>Meet Santa at Once Upon a Toy (Free)</strong></p><p>You don't have to pay for a Disney Park to meet a Disney Santa. Santa Claus is at Once Upon a Toy in Disney Springs right up until Christmas Eve, December 24. There is a <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/virtual-queue/#drawer-card-drawerSanta">virtual queue</a> to meet Santa: you cannot just wait in line. Queue spots open daily at 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the My Disney Experience app. You must be at Disney Springs to enter the queue. One person can do it for everyone in your group (up to a max of 10 people)</p><p><strong>Photo Memories of a Disney Christmas</strong></p><p>Christmas photos are fun memories, especially when they're Disney vacation Christmas photos. The Disney PhotoPass Studio in the Marketplace at Disney Springs has several holiday-themed Disney virtual backdrops perfect for your Christmas card or however else you want to use them. It can be hit and miss with the photographers here, but it's still worth a try. </p><p><strong>Disney Snow falling and Holiday Entertainment (Free)</strong></p><p>The magic of snow falling on Walt Disney World does just happen in the parks. As sundown nears, head to the the Town Center tree and keep your eyes on the skies for a little holiday magic. Plus, watch for holiday-themed stilt walkers, rollerblading snowflakes, a Santa Sleigh DJ, and more surprises bringing a festive ambiance throughout all of Disney Springs.</p><p><strong>Christmas Holidays Means Festive Food and Drink</strong></p><p>There are over 60 places at Disney Springs to eat and drink, including Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar, which is all spruced up for the holidays. So be sure to grab some cheer while visiting Disney Springs!</p><p><strong>Christmas Shopping at Disney Springs</strong></p><p>Whether you need a gift someone on your list or something special for yourself, you'll find it all at Disney Springs. You can browse for almost anything here, so leave yourself time if Christmas shopping is on your checklist.</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Shop unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, sweatshirt, hoodies, yoga leggings, dresses, swimwear and more at the <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/shop">Emporium at 1923 Main Street</a></p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://x.com/1923mainstreet">X</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Jollywood Nights Bounces Back plus EPCOT Festival of the Arts Sneak Peek
<p>Despite the sensationalist reporting by several overly dramatic Disney YouTubers claiming that Disney Jollywood Nights was dead (after only one party), the truth is that Disney has turned things around and it's looking good. This story plus a sneak peak at the upcoming EPCOT Festival of the Arts 2024.</p><p><strong>New Details Revealed for EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 2024<br></strong><br></p><p>The 2024 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts runs from January 12 through February 19 and highlights the visual, culinary and performing arts in Disney style. Here's what you can see and do if you plan to be at Walt Disney World for the event.</p><p><strong><em><br>Performing Arts: Disney on Broadway</em></strong></p><p><br>Broadway stars are coming to Walt Disney World as the DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series is back with three daily shows throughout the festival. </p><p>The full lineup of Disney Broadway stars:</p><ul><li>Caissie Levy and Patti Murin (“Frozen”): Jan. 12, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23</li><li>Heidi Blickenstaff (“Freaky Friday” and “The Little Mermaid”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins” and “Beauty and the Beast”): Jan. 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 24</li><li>Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins” and “Beauty and the Beast”) and L. Steven Taylor (“The Lion King”): Jan. 26, 28 and 29; Feb. 1, 3, 5 and 6</li><li>Kissy Simmons (“The Lion King”) and Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”): Jan. 27, 30, 31; Feb. 2, 4, 7 and 8</li><li>Mandy Gonzalez (“Aida”) and Michael James Scott (“Aladdin” and “Tarzan”): Feb. 9, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19</li><li>Bradley Gibson (“Hercules” and “The Lion King”) and Shoba Narayan (“Aladdin”): Feb. 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19 *</li></ul><p>Showcase Plaza is also home to live performances daily, featuring musicians, painters and acrobats.</p><p><strong><em><br>DISNEY ON BROADWAY Dining Packages Go on Sale December 19<br></em></strong><br></p><p>If you want priority seating, dining packages are available at eight EPCOT restaurants:</p><ul><li>Akershus Royal Banquet Hall</li><li>Biergarten Restaurant</li><li>Coral Reef Restaurant</li><li>Garden Grill Restaurant</li><li>Rose &amp; Crown Dining Room</li><li>Le Cellier</li><li>Spice Road Table</li><li>Regal Eagle Smokehouse (same-day, in-person walk-up packages only)</li></ul><p><strong><em>Are You a Foodie? Here's What's Happening for the Culinary Arts</em></strong></p><p><br>More than 15 Food Studios throughout EPCOT feature tasty food and drink concoctions. For example, the Rainbow Cake with freeze-dried SKITTLES is back at Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey and the Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip puree, broccolini, baby tomatoes and balsamic glaze at Pastoral Palate is available as a savory choice. The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine highlights sweet and savory offerings in all the colors of the rainbow. </p><p> </p><p>The EPCOT Festival of the Arts Passport shows exactly where to find everything. Once you collect five stamps, bring the passport to Deco Delights Food Studio to get a free surprise.</p><p><strong><em><br>Interactive Experiences at the Festival</em></strong></p><p><br>Animation Academy has a learn to draw a Disney character classes daily at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in America Gardens Theatre. You can leave your mark on a large paint-by-numbers mural at Expression Section.</p><p>Kid’s Chalk Art takes place on the bridge to World Showcase Plaza daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. allowing your ones to create chalk masterpieces (while you get a little break). Plus, there are plenty of photo opps all around the festival area.</p><p><strong><em><br>Visual Arts and Festival Merchandise<br></em></strong><br></p><p>If you're into art, then visiting galleries and meeting the artists who bring creations to life may be right for you. New and returning favorite artists will be part of this year’s lineup, so visit ArtfulEPCOT.com for the latest news.</p><p><br>If you're a Figment fan, you'll be happy to know that Figment is back as the ambassador and takes center stage on festival merch ranging from household items and décor to clothing and more.</p><p><br>Figment’s Brush with the Master’s Scavenger Hunt is back. With this fun journey through World Showcase you'll help Figment learn all about art. Buy a map and stickers at Creations Shop, Port of Entry, or World Traveler. Then search for Figment hiding inside art inspired by famous works at each World Showcase pavilion (hint: just look for the Figment-themed picture frames).</p><p>Every time you find Figment, add the corresponding sticker to your map. Once you've completed the journey, return the map to Disney Traders or World Traveler for a special artful keepsake. </p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Shop unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, sweatshirt, hoodies, yoga leggings, dresses, swimwear and more at the <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/shop">Emporium at 1923 Main Street</a></p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://x.com/1923mainstreet">X</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Food Guide plus Jollywood Nights Problems
<p>Our top food and drink picks for what to try at the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays, plus first thoughts on Disney's Jollywood Nights as our predictions come true. Can the Jollywood Nights issues be fixed?</p><p><strong>Foodie Guide to EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays 2023: Top Picks and What's New</strong></p><p><br><strong>Bavaria Holiday Kitchen </strong></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Pork Schnitzel with mushroom sauce, spätzle, and braised red cabbage</li><li>Cheese Fondue in a bread bowl with steamed baby vegetables and marble potatoes</li><li>Linzer Cookie <strong>(Cookie Stroll Item) </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Possmann Pure Hard Apple Cider</li><li>The Tank Brewing Co. Prost! Festbier</li><li>Köstritzer Schwarzbier Bitburger <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Regional Riesling</li><li>Glühwein: House-made hot spiced wine</li><li>Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong>American Holiday Table</strong></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Slow-roasted Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce</li><li>Blackened Catfish with Hoppin’ John and comeback sauce</li><li>Gingerbread Cookie <strong>(Cookie Stroll Item) </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Crooked Can Brewing Company Bah HOPbug IPA <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>3 Daughters Brewing Eggnog White Porter</li><li>Playalinda Brewing Co. Peppermint Chocolate Stout</li><li>Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong>Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina </strong></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Grilled Kebabs with carrot-chickpea salad and garlic aïoli (Lamb Kefta or Chermoula Chicken)</li><li>Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with hummus, chermoula, and zhoug dips <strong>(Plant-based)</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Bold Rock Orchard Frost Hard Cider <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Gulf Stream Brewing Company Holiday Snakebite <strong><em>(New) </em></strong>&gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Woodchuck Winter Chill Hard Cider</li><li>Fig Cocktail with fig vodka and white cranberry juice</li><li>Hard Cider Flight</li></ul><p><strong>L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen</strong></p><p><strong>Food Items: </strong></p><ul><li>Pastrami on Rye with house-made pickles and deli mustard</li><li>Smoked Salmon Potato Latke</li><li>Potato Latkes <strong>(Plant-based) </strong></li><li>Rugalach: Pastry filled with raspberry jam, walnuts, and cinnamon <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Black and White Cookie <strong>(Plant-based) (Cookie Stroll Item) </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Brooklyn Brewery Winter IPA</li><li>Frozen New York Whiskey Sour featuring Manifest Whiskey and Manischewitz Blackberry Wine</li></ul><p><strong>Yukon Holiday Kitchen </strong></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Seared Salmon with butternut squash purée, maple-bourbon glaze, and fennel-arugula salad <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong>&gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Beef Bourguignon with crushed potatoes</li><li>Snickerdoodle Cookie made with SNICKERS bar pieces <strong>(Cookie Stroll Item)</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Frozen Joffrey’s Coffee (Non-alcoholic Beverage)</li><li>81Bay Brewing Co. Peanut Butter Banana Porter</li><li>Playalinda Brewing Co. Maple Cookie Blonde Ale</li><li>Collective Arts Coffee Maple Porter</li><li>Regional Icewine</li><li>Regional Red Wine</li><li>Frozen Joffrey’s Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky</li><li>Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong>Holiday Sweets &amp; Treats </strong></p><p><strong>Food Items: </strong></p><ul><li>Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, and peppermint candy</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Hot Cocoa by Joffrey’s Coffee (Non-alcoholic Beverage)</li><li>Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea (Non-alcoholic Beverage)</li><li>Breckenridge Brewery Christmas Ale</li><li>Brew Hub Sugar Plum Red Ale <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Left Hand Brewing Co. Chai Milk Stout <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Hot Cocoa by Joffrey’s Coffee with assorted liqueurs (Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur, or Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey)</li><li>Chocolate Peppermint Shake: Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and whipped cream vodka</li><li>Beer flight</li></ul><p><strong>Refreshment Port </strong></p><p><strong>Food Item:</strong></p><ul><li>Turkey Poutine: Sweet potato fries with turkey gravy, cranberry relish, and crispy onions</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Gingerbread Milk Shake (Non-alcoholic Beverage)</li><li>Eggnog (Non-alcoholic Beverage)</li><li>Keel Farms Hard Pumpkin Cider <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Pasek Cellars Cranberry Wine</li><li>Gingerbread Milk Shake with Whipped Cream Vodka</li><li>Firenog: Eggnog with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky</li></ul><p><strong>NEW! Swirled Showcase </strong></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Mickey-shaped Liquid Nitro Cake</li><li>Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone: Vanilla, apple-cinnamon, and salted caramel</li><li>Cream Soda Float with vanilla soft-serve</li><li>Fanta Grape Float with vanilla soft-serve</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Frozen Apple Pie (Non-alcoholic Beverage) &gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Cinnamon Apple Cider (Non-alcoholic Beverage) &gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>3 Daughters Brewing Toasted Coconut Porter</li><li>3 Daughters Brewing Toasted Coconut Porter Float with salted caramel soft-serve</li><li>Berry Fizz Fragolino Red Sparkling Wine Float with vanilla soft-serve</li></ul><p><strong>NEW! Bubbles &amp; Brine  </strong></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with prosecco cocktail sauce and grilled lemon</li><li>Jonah Crab Claw Cocktail with stone-ground mustard sauce</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:  </strong></p><ul><li>Moët &amp; Chandon Impérial</li><li>Veuve Clicquot Rosé</li><li>Dom Pérignon</li></ul><p><strong>NEW! Wine &amp; Wedge</strong></p><p><strong>Food Items: </strong></p><ul><li>Assorted Artisanal Cheeses and Accompaniments</li><li>Boursin Fig &amp; Balsamic Soufflé with fig tapenade</li><li>Southern Pimento Cheese with bread-and-butter pickled vegetables and grilled bread</li><li>Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese: Assorted artisanal cheeses and accompaniments paired with Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Hartley Apple Brandy, and Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port &gt; Mike's Pick</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:  </strong></p><ul><li>Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese</li><li>Hartley Apple Brandy</li><li>Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port</li><li>Flight</li></ul><p><strong>NEW! Char &amp; Chop </strong></p><p><strong>Food Items: </strong></p><ul><li>Roasted Porchetta with lemon-parsley salsa verde and shaved fennel salad</li><li>Grilled IMPOSSIBLE Spicy Sausage with herbed polenta, puttanesca sauce &amp; ricotta &gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Meat Assorti: Trio of shaved meats with baby arugula, pickled mustard seeds, truffle oil, and grilled ciabatta</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Krombacher Pilsner</li><li>North Coast Laguna Baja Vienna Lager</li><li>Motorworks Brewing Midnight Espresso Coffee Porter</li><li>GoGi ‘Birdie’ Pinot Noir</li><li>Bloody Mary with Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix and Kurvball Barbecue Whiskey</li><li>Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong>Refreshment Outpost</strong></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Peanut stew with sweet potatoes, mustard greens, and roasted peanuts <strong>(Plant-based)</strong></li><li>DOLE Whip Raspberry</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:...</strong></p>
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Top Picks Food Guide Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2023
<p>The trend continues as guests of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party will find a wide range of food and drink options like never before. We share our top picks, plus a sneak peak at the Disney World hotel gingerbread displays, including a brand new one for 2023!</p><p><strong>Top Picks for Food and Drink at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2023<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Foodie Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2023<br></strong><br></p><p>Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is back at Magic Kingdom Park from November 9, 2023 through January 1, 2024. </p><p>This year there's an all-new lineup of food and drinks to put you in the Christmas holiday spirit. You can't eat them all, so we highlight our top picks for must-try Christmas Party food and drink.</p><p><strong>Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies</strong></p><ul><li>Reindeer Chow Sundae: Chocolate soft-serve, pretzels, cereal, M&amp;M's, and hot fudge <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and regular park hours) </em></li><li>Lump of Coal in your Stocking: Cookies 'n cream milk shake with whipped cream, cookies 'n cream crumbles, and chocolate doughnut hole <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Casey's Corner</strong></p><ul><li>Candy Cane Tart: Chocolate tart filled with peppermint ganache and topped with festive merengue <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Cool Ship </strong></p><ul><li>Magic Holiday Tree: Coconut, pecans, and M&amp;M's on a graham cracker crust <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe</strong></p><ul><li>Holiday Pot Roast Melt: Slow-cooked beef on thick toast with cheddar and provolone cheese and beef gravy <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only) </em>&gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Holiday Turkey Burger: Turkey burger topped with traditional stuffing, provolone cheese, and cranberry chutney on a brioche bun <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li><li>Christmas Cookie Cake: Christmas cookie cake roll with buttercream and topped with holiday sprinkles <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>The Friar's Nook</strong></p><ul><li>Holiday Ham Fried Pie: Flaky pastry with baked ham, candied sweet potatoes, and spiced pecans served with pineapple glaze <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only) </em>&gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Italian Beef Tots: Tots covered in slow-cooked beef, cheese curds, zesty giardiniera, and pot roast gravy <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li><li>Peppermint Snowman: Chocolate brownie topped with cookies 'n cream peppermint mousse <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li><li>Winter Milk Shake: Creamy coconut milk shake with whipped cream, toasted coconut, cinnamon, and crisp pearls (Non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Golden Oak Outpost</strong></p><ul><li>Orange Gingerbread Shake: Orange cream slushy with gingerbread cookie crumbles and whipped cream, gingerbread spice (Non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li><li>Gingerbread Cake layered with cream cheese frosting and dulce de leche ganache topped with a gingerbread man chocolate piece <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em><strong> </strong>&gt; Mike's Pick</li></ul><p><strong>Main Street Bakery </strong></p><ul><li>Minnie-shaped Cinnamon Roll: topped with red icing, holiday sprinkles, and a chocolate bow <em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and regular park hours) </em></li><li>Letter To Santa: Flourless chocolate cake, hot cocoa mousse, and marshmallows topped with chocolate pieces <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn &amp; Cafe</strong></p><ul><li>Chicken Tamale served "Christmas-style" with mild red chile and green chile-pumpkin seed sauces, cilantro rice, pinto beans, and queso fresco <em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li><li>Chocolate Eggnog Reindeer: Chocolate tart topped with eggnog mousse and chocolate antlers <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li><li>Orange-Cranberry Pineapple Punch with a hint of "smoke" from the fireplace (Non-alcoholic beverage) <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only) &gt; Mike's Pick</em></li></ul><p><strong>Plaza Ice Cream Parlor </strong></p><ul><li>Peppermint Brownie Sundae: Peppermint ice cream, hot fudge and candy cane sprinkles served on a brownie <em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and regular park hours)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Sleepy Hollow Refreshments</strong></p><ul><li>Holiday Waffle Sundae: House-made red velvet waffle topped with M&amp;M's, peppermint ice cream, and hot fudge <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li><li>Milk and Cookies for Santa: Brown sugar cookie cake with chocolate chip cookie dough mousse, milk mousse, and chocolate chip cookies <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Storybook Treats</strong></p><ul><li>Sugar Plum Sundae: Sugar plum soft-serve atop sugar cookie crumbs and topped with whipped cream, crisp pearls, and cotton candy <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Sunshine Tree Terrace</strong></p><ul><li>Santa's Belt Buckle: Pistachio mousse with a dark chocolate truffle center and a chocolate buckle <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only)</em></li><li>Cranberry Citrus Float with Orange-Vanilla Soft-serve Twist: with Sprite Winter Spiced Cranberry and fruity boba pearls (Non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(MVMCP and regular park hours)</em><strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Outdoor Vending Locations Near Cinderella Castle </strong></p><ul><li>Red Velvet Wreath: Doughnut topped with buttercream and holiday sprinkles <em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and regular park hours)</em></li><li>Hot Cocoa Churro: Churro rolled in hot cocoa powder and topped with marshmallows and peppermint candy pieces <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and regular park hours) </em></li></ul><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Gingerbread Displays at Walt Disney World 2023</strong></p><p> </p><p>Back for its 24th year is the Disney’s Grand Floridian life-sized Gingerbread House, from November 8, 2023 to January 1, 2024.</p><p><strong>Grand Floridian Gingerbread Menu</strong></p><ul><li>Freshly baked Gingerbread Mickeys and Shingles, Stollen Bread, Brownie Christmas Tree, and Gingersnap Cookies</li><li>House-made Gingerbread Ornaments and Gingerbread Houses</li><li>Assorted Gingerbread Cookie Bags, Marshmallow Pops, and Milk Chocolate Pecan Fudge</li><li>Grand Floridian Combo Box featuring assorted fan favorite treats, including the cookies n’ cream Christmas Tree, exclusive to this box</li><li>Plant-based, no sugar added, and gluten-friendly options</li></ul><p><strong>Yacht Club Resort Gingerbread</strong></p><p> </p><p>New this year is the Lighthouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. This creation was made from the actual blueprints from the lighthouse located outside the resort along Crescen...</p>
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Is Disney After Hours Worth It? We Answer This and More
<p>Disney After Hours is returning to Walt Disney World in 2024, but is it paid event worth the cost? We share exactly how it works and what you get (and don't get) to help you decide if it's worth the money for you and your family.</p><p><strong>Disney After Hours Events Return to Walt Disney World Resort in January 2024</strong></p><p>But Whether They're Worth it for You Depends on One Thing</p><p><br>Disney After Hours events coming back to Walt Disney World kicking off on January 10 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, January 11 at Magic Kingdom and February 2 at EPCOT.</p><p><br>These separately ticketed events give you three extra park hours to ride rides, visit attractions, meet characters and snack on a few unlimited free treats. Treats usually include popcorn, Mickey ice cream bars or sandwiches and select drinks (non alcoholic) as specific locations in the park.</p><p>Disney positions Disney After Hours as offering shorter wait times to select attractions and character experiences, but it's important to know that that's not always the case. There may be more dates added in 2024, but currently announced dates and prices are as follows.</p><p><strong>Disney After Hours Event Dates, Times and Ticket Prices</strong></p><p>(Ticket Prices in Brackets are Annual Passholder and DVC discount price)<br><br></p><p>Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. <br> <br>Wednesday, January 10 - $155 ($125)<br>Wednesday, January 24 - $165 ($135)<br>Wednesday, February 21 - $175 ($145)<br>Monday, February 26 - $175 ($145)<br>Wednesday, March 13 - $165 ($135)<br>Wednesday, March 20 - $175 ($145)<br>Wednesday, March 27 - $175 ($145)<br>Wednesday, April 3 - $175 ($145)<br>Wednesday, April 10 - $175 ($145)</p><p><br>Magic Kingdom Park: 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.</p><p>Thursday, January 11 - $155 ($125)<br>Monday, January 15 - $165 ($135)<br>Monday, January 22 - $165 ($135)<br>Thursday, February 1 - $165 ($135)<br>Monday, February 5 - $165 ($135)<br>Monday, February 12 - $175 ($145)<br>Thursday, February 29 - $175 ($145)<br>Monday, March 4 - $175 ($145)<br>Monday, March 18 - $175 ($145)<br>Monday, April 8 - $175 ($145)</p><p><br>EPCOT: 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. </p><p><br>Friday, February 2 - $149 ($119)<br>Thursday, February 8 - $149 ($119)<br>Thursday, February 15 - $159 ($129)<br>Thursday, March 7 - $159 ($129)<br>Thursday, March 28 - $159 ($129)<br>Thursday, April 4 - $159 ($129)</p><p><br>If you have a ticket for an event, you can enter that park starting at 7:00 p.m. </p><p><strong>Of special note for the Magic Kingdom: </strong>a standby line is planned for TRON during Disney After Hours, meaning there will be no virtual queue (which could have been a time saver, as it was during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party). For an event of only three hours, this is a significant change. Also, the Enchantment night time show will be added to Disney After Hours events at Magic Kingdom – meaning on event nights, early arrivals will have the opportunity to see both Happily Ever After and Enchantment.</p><p><strong>How to Buy Tickets for Disney After Hours Events 2024</strong></p><p><br>If you have a reservation booked at a Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels or Shades of Green you can buy tickets (one week before the general sale) starting November 7 by calling 407-W-Disney. Tickets can be purchased online by everyone starting November 14.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Newly Updated Disneyland Adventureland Treehouse Opens on November 10, 2023</strong></p><p><br>The Adventureland Treehouse inspired by Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson will open on November 10, 2023 in Disneyland Park. Keep reading for new storyline details from our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering and a new piece of artwork coming to the treehouse!</p><p><br>Within the updated tree, you'll find the mother’s music den, the sons’ nature room and the daughter’s astronomer’s loft. Located on the ground are the kitchen and dining room, plus the father’s art studio featrues hand-drawn sketches and paintings of each room.</p><p><br>As the story goes, the family created an oasis among the trees inspired by nature and using objects found around them. Next to the stairwell is a waterwheel, powered by a nearby brook. The family uses this and a pulley system to get the water they need into their treehouse. This walk-through attraction should be worth exploring when you visit the park and is likely one of the more overlooked attractions generally.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Disney Skyliner is Closing for Maintenance in January 2024</strong></p><p><br><strong>January 16-21 </strong></p><ul><li>The line between Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be closed.</li><li>The line between Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be closed.</li></ul><p><strong>January 16-27</strong> </p><ul><li>The line between Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort and International Gateway at EPCOT will be closed.</li></ul><p>Bus transportation will be available at all Skyliner Resorts when the Skyliner is not operational.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Shop unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, sweatshirt, hoodies, yoga leggings, dresses, swimwear and more at the <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/shop">Emporium at 1923 Main Street</a></p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://x.com/1923mainstreet">X</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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The Guide to Disney Jollywood Nights and Christmas at Disney World
<p>Disney Jollywood Nights is one of the most anticipated special events at Walt Disney World in recent memory. It's also rare for a park event to be billed as an adult affair. What to expect from Disney Jollywood Nights, including top picks for food, entertainment and more.</p><p><strong>Foodie Guide to Brand-New Disney Jollywood Nights<br></strong><br></p><p>Disney Jollywood Nights kicks off at Disney’s Hollywood Studios November 11 and takes place on 10 nights ending December 20.</p><p><br>This all-new holiday party is an adult-oriented festive event for guests to enjoy, including things like the Holiday Fiesta en la Calle in Commissary Lane. This is a street party with Latin holiday tunes, colorful décor, and plenty of food and drink inspired by Latin holiday traditions. That's just one option. Over at The Hollywood Brown Derby, Jazzy Holidays is the restaurant transformed into a smooth jazz club, playing holiday tunes in a room of festive glitzy decor. You can try craft cocktails or pick something from the party menu of light bites while enjoying the music and ambience of 1920s Hollywood at Christmas. Over at the Tower of Terror there's a Twilight Soirée at The Tip-Top Club in the courtyard of The Hollywood Tower Hotel. A live band will play holiday tunes in jukebox style as you enjoy a fancy cocktail.</p><p><br>And pretty much everywhere in Hollywood Studios, you'll find unique festive treats to eat and drink. And there's plenty of brand new Christmas festive Hollywood-style entertainment too. Disney is encouraging everyone to dress to the nines with their holiday best in old-style Hollywood flair.</p><p><br><strong>The Complete Guide to Disney Jollywood Night Food and Drink Guide: With Top Picks </strong></p><p><br><strong>Holiday Fiesta en la Calle at ABC Commissary </strong></p><ul><li>Chicken Empanadas with Street Corn: Chicken empanadas served with a side of street corn salad topped with chili peppers, lime, and cotija cheese &gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Yuca con Chicharrón: Fried pork belly, yuca, red pickled onions, and chili pepper-lime seasoning with a yellow pepper aïoli &gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Mushroom Taco: Chili-roasted Mixed mushrooms, avocado crema, baby gem lettuce, and garnished with sliced radish <strong>(Plant-based Item)</strong></li><li>Birria Taco: Shredded short rib and Monterey jack served with beef consommé dip &gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Tembleque: Coconut rice pudding with caramel-rum sauce and cinnamon &gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Mexican Hot Cocoa Cheesecake: Spiced chocolate cheesecake on a chocolate cookie base topped with vanilla whipped cream and cocoa powder with a chocolate handle</li><li>Mangonada: Frozen mango beverage with mango-chili pepper-lime sauce and chili pepper-lime seasoning on top (Non-alcoholic)</li><li>Zero-Proof Piña Colada: Lyre’s Spiced Cane Spirit, coconut, pineapple, and lime</li><li>Oaxaca Old Fashioned: Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, agave nectar, Mexican chocolate, and orange bitters served over ice garnished with an orange</li></ul><p><strong>Baseline Taphouse </strong></p><ul><li>Tuna Ceviche: Marinated ahi tuna, pico de gallo, and avocado cream topped with cilantro</li><li>Charcuterie Cup: Manchego, chorizo, serrano ham, pickled vegetables, olives and toasted focaccia bread</li><li>Beer Margarita: Blend of Patrón Silver Tequila, Cointreau Liqueur, and lime juice topped with Scrimshaw Pilsner over Ice</li></ul><p><strong>Dockside Diner</strong></p><ul><li>Spicy Pimento-Kimchee Dip topped with chives and served with fresh house-made wonton chips &gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Roasted Eggplant Dip topped with chives and served with warm pita bread <strong>(Plant-based Item) </strong></li><li>Poutine Tots: Potato barrels topped with gravy, brisket, mozzarella curds, and chives</li><li>Christmas Tree Cookie Stack: Vanilla cookie stack filled with pistachio buttercream, cranberry, and raspberry jam topped with sprinkles and a yellow candy star</li><li>Sandy Claws Hot Cocoa: “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”-inspired dark chocolate hot cocoa topped with cherry whipped cream (Non-alcoholic)</li><li>Naughty or Nice: Crown Royal Whisky and ginger mixed with orange, cranberry, and grapefruit juices topped with fresh cranberries &gt; Mike's Pick</li></ul><p><strong>Epic Eats</strong></p><ul><li>Spicy Korean Chicken Funnel Cake: Spicy fried Korean chicken with pickled vegetables served on a mini funnel cake &gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Brisket Reuben Funnel Cake: Beef brisket and sauerkraut slaw topped with thousand island dressing served on a mini funnel cake</li><li>S'mores Funnel Cake: Giant roasted marshmallow with chocolate and marshmallow sauce, topped with chocolate curls and cinnamon cereal served on a mini funnel cake</li><li>Samuel Adams Winter Lager: Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and orange peel for a deep flavor and malty finish</li></ul><p><strong>Fairfax Fare </strong></p><ul><li>Holiday Turkey Popover: Roasted turkey and creamy mashed potatoes topped with gravy, cranberry chutney, and chives in a house-made popover</li><li>'Just the Sides' Popover: Macaroni &amp; cheese and savory collard greens with ham topped with cornbread crumbs in a house-made popover</li><li>PB&amp;J Doughnut: Glazed doughnut with creamy peanut butter and grape jelly dipped in dark chocolate topped with crushed house-made salt and vinegar chips</li><li>Kermit's Frozen Banana Bliss: Frozen banana and white chocolate with caramel swirls topped with matcha whipped cream and sprinkle (Non-alcoholic) &gt; Mike's Pick</li><li>Mistletoe Martini: Tito's Handmade Vodka and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur mixed with cranberry juice and topped with fresh cranberries and mint leaves &gt; Mike's Pick</li></ul><p><strong>Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction </strong></p><ul><li>Christmas Gertie Cookie: Sugar cookie with mint icing <em>(Also available with mint soft-serve)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Market </strong></p><ul><li>Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls: Fried spring rolls with jalapeño-ranch dipping sauce and fried rice noodles</li><li>Frozone's Snowball Macaroons: Coconut macaroons drizzled with blue vanilla frosting and topped white snowflake sprinkles</li><li>Spiced Apple Cider: Apple cider and cinnamon with an apple chip garnish (Non-alcoholic)</li><li>Zero-Proof Apple Cider: Lyre’s Spiced Cane Spirit, apple cider, Angostura Bitters, and cinnamon topped with an apple chip and cinnamon rim</li><li>In Holiday Fashion: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, rosemary syrup, cranberry and lime juices, and cinnamon</li></ul><p><strong>PizzeRizzo</strong></p><ul><li>Meatball and Polenta: Giant meatball with marinara and creamy cheese polenta</li><li>Olive and Goat Cheese Flatbread: Olive oil-toasted flatbread, creamy goat cheese, rustic olive and tomato spread, balsamic glaze, and lemon watercress</li><li>Antipasto Flatbread: Fresh mozzarella, salami, peperoni, country ham, olives, peppers, onions, pepperoncini, and marinara</li><li>Tiramisù Puff: Sweet-and-savory with flavors of espresso, chocolate, and a coffee-infused custard and mascarpone cream</li><li>Benvolio Pinot Grigio</li><li>Banfi Chianti Superiore</li><li>Peroni Nastro Azzuro Lager Draft</li><li>Heineken 0.0 Non-Alcoholic Lager</li></ul><p><strong>Twilight Soirée at The Tip-Top Club </strong></p><ul><li>The 5th Dimension Royale: Teremana Blanco Tequila, Cointreau Liqueur, desert pear, agave nectar, and lime juice topped with Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut and garnished with a dehydrated blood orange wheel</li><li>Twilight Daiquiri: Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, ube, lime juice, and a splash of shimmer</li><li>Sparkling Pomegranate-Apple Cider: Pomegranate-green tea topped with sparkling apple cider and pomegranate seeds</li><li>Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut</li></ul><p><strong>The Trolley Car Café  </strong></p><ul><li>Ornament Mousse: Dark chocolate-cher...</li></ul>
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Park Hopping is Coming Back (but that's only half the story)
<p>Park Hopping is finally getting back to normal starting in January 2024, but the discrimination against annual passholders continues. Is this a good move by Disney or will a backlash lead to change as the Disney company continues to penalize its most loyal guest.</p><p><strong>Park Hopping, Park Passes and more in 2024 at Walt Disney World</strong></p><p><br>Starting on January 9, 2024, if you have Park Hopper on your Disney World park tickets or Annual Pass you will once again be able to park hop whenever you like without waiting until after 2:00 p.m.  </p><p><br>On days when theme park reservations are required for Annual Passholders and certain non-dated tickets, Passholders and guests will be able to take advantage of the updates to Park Hopper access after visiting their first park. For example, if a Passholder has a reservation at EPCOT and enters the park at 9 a.m. for a quick ride or two, they can then head to another park right after.</p><p>What Disney is calling “Good-to-go days” will also begin in January (date TBA). These are days when Annual Passholders can visit a Disney World park without needing a theme park reservation (blockout dates will continue to apply like they do today). </p><p>The negative is that Disney continues to discriminate against Annual Passholders who are spending money or DVC points to stay onsite at a Disney World hotel. They should be lifting Park Pass booking requirements for anyone who is staying onsite no matter what kind of ticket they have. This is certainly not making things simpler or easier for Disney's most loyal guests.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Disneyland's Downtown Disney is Getting New Food Offerings and More<br></strong><br></p><p>Parkside Market is a new, curated collection of diverse culinary concepts with four new offerings under one roof. It's all part of the expansion on the west end of Downtown Disney. </p><p><strong>Seoul Sister </strong>is a fast-casual eatery serving Korean food based on <em>bibimbap</em> (Korean rice bowls) with a California twist. Executive Chef Kelly Kim will showcase bold Korean flavors through marinated meats, colorful vegetables and savory sauces over rice, noodles or salad, plus appetizers, an Asian-inspired breakfast menu, and hand-crafted drinks.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Sip &amp; Sonder</strong>, from founders Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicholas, has been recognized as one of the best cafés in L.A. and soon you can enjoy their signature lattes, fresh treats, frozen drinks and Caribbean-inspired bites.</p><p><strong>GG’s Chicken Shop</strong> was founded by James Beard Award winners Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm, alongside Michelin Star Chef Partner Lee Wolen who will serve a family-friendly menu of chicken sandwiches, salads, and classic sides. The Downtown Disney location will be their first on the West Coast.</p><p><strong>second story bar</strong> will be an al fresco spot featuring signature craft cocktails and mocktails using local ingredients and artful garnishes. Refreshing selections will include frozen lemonades, frozés, espresso martinis, shareable cocktails and spirit-free drinks.</p><p>Also coming to Downtown Disney's west end is a new <strong>stage and lawn </strong>for special events, activities, musical entertainment and more. </p><p>Future plans will also bring <strong>Din Tai Fung</strong>, a world-renowned Chinese restaurant known for its soup dumplings and noodles, plus Mexican cuisine by Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gayta at <strong>Paseo</strong> and <strong>Centrico</strong>. California-Cuban cheese rolls and pastries to come from <strong>Porto’s Bakery and Cafe</strong>. </p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Shop unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, sweatshirt, hoodies, yoga leggings, dresses, swimwear and more at the <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/shop">Emporium at 1923 Main Street</a></p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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2023 Celebrity Narrators EPCOT Candlelight Processional
<p>If you plan to attend the EPCOT Candlelight Processional in 2023 (and you should), you’re in for a treat as Disney has put together one of the best line-ups in recent memory.</p><p><strong>Who's New and Who's Back for Christmas 2023 <br></strong><br>The EPCOT Candlelight Processional is a must-see retelling of the Christmas story featuring a celebrity narrator, a huge choir and a 50-piece orchestra. It also has herald trumpeters and the Voices of Liberty vocalists. For 2023, there are nine new celebrity narrators -- one of the most impressive line-ups in years.</p><p><strong>2023 EPCOT Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators:</strong></p><ul><li>Chrissy Metz (NEW): November 24-25</li><li>Luis Fonsi (NEW): November 26-27</li><li>Ann-Margret (NEW): November 28-29</li><li>Simu Liu: November 30-December 2</li><li>John Stamos: December 3-5</li><li>Neil Patrick Harris: December 6-8</li><li>Marlee Matlin: December 9-11</li><li>Brendan Fraser (NEW): December 12-14</li><li>Eva Longoria (NEW): December 15-16</li><li>Joey McIntyre (NEW): December 17-18</li><li>Sterling K. Brown (NEW): December 19-20</li><li>Jordan Fisher (NEW): December 21-23</li><li>Steven Curtis Chapman: December 24-26</li><li>Audra McDonald (NEW): December 27-28</li><li>Lisa Ling: December 29-30</li></ul><p><strong>Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Open October 17<br></strong><br></p><p>Booking a dining package is one way to guarantee a seat for the show, but you'll still have to line up well over an hour before showtime if you want a great seat. </p><p><br>Choose from seven EPCOT restaurants for the Candlelight Processional Dining Package, including: </p><ul><li>Akershus, </li><li>Biergarten, </li><li>Coral Reef, </li><li>Garden Grill, </li><li>Le Cellier, </li><li>Rose &amp; Crown and </li><li>Spice Road Table. </li></ul><p>Walk-up dining package are also available day of the show at the Regal Eagle Smokehouse, but they are very limited and tend to sell out quickly.</p><p>If you plan to buy a dining package, there are a few important things that you need to know. We share our best tips in this week’s episode to save you a few unexpected surprises.</p><p><strong>Santa is Back at the Odyssey Pavilion</strong></p><p>Santa Claus will once again greet guests at the Odyssey pavilion from November 24 through December 24. </p><p><strong>Holiday Kitchens and the Cookie Stroll are also Back<br></strong><br></p><p>Over 15 Holiday Kitchens will tempt you with dishes that celebrate global holiday cheer. </p><p>The Holiday Cookie Stroll is back. Buy five cookies from any of the cookie stroll locations and get the matching stamp in your festival passport. Once you have five stamps, bring the stamped passport to the Holiday Sweet &amp; Treats Holiday Kitchen and get a free cookie. The stroll runs through December 30.</p><p><strong>Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt</strong></p><p>The Olaf Holiday Traditions Expedition Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to explore World Showcase. Buy your map and stickers from a festival merchandise kiosk and discover the “tradition” that Olaf found in each pavilion. Whether or not you complete the quest, you can redeem your map at Creations Shop, Disney Traders or World Traveler at International Gateway for a special holiday keepsake (valid until December 30). </p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Another Beloved Service Returns to Disney World (but there's a catch)
<p>Another pre-pandemic offering that many thought was gone forever has come back to Walt Disney World. But there is one glaring thing still missing, leaving us wondering if and when this beloved experience will ever return. </p><p><strong>Bay Lake Resort Boats are Back (but there's a catch)</strong></p><p> </p><p>Some people thought they'd never come back, but we had faith and believed in what Cast Members were telling us. </p><p> </p><p>As of this week, you can once again travel across Bay Lake between Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground on the classic original blue flag boat route. </p><p> </p><p>The blue flat route began operating once again on October 1, but there's a bit of a catch. Here's what you need to know: the blue flag boats will only be available to ride beginning at 3:00 p.m. daily.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>The Villas at Disneyland Hotel are Now Open<br></strong><br></p><p>Disney Vacation Club has officially opened its 16th property, The Villas at Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. This is the fourth tower at the popular hotel.</p><p>Each tower at the Disneyland Hotel has a unique name and the new Disney Vacation Club tower is named Discovery (the others are Fantasy, Adventure and Frontier).</p><p>There are 344 themed rooms in the 12-floor tower, celebrating the creativity and magic of Walt Disney Animation Studios stories.</p><p><em>In addition to the new</em> Palette Pool, the Palm Breeze Bar will open later this year poolside.</p><p>In a bit of a twist compared to pools at some other DVC resorts (like Bay Lake Tower), all Disneyland Hotel guests will be able to enjoy this new area, as well as the other two pool areas and water slides at Disneyland Hotel.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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The One Thing That Can Make or Break Disney's $60B Expansion Plans
<p>Details are a little fuzzy, but one thing is clear: if Disney doesn't get the guest experience right in all this talk about big expansion plans they risk alienating their existing core group and the 700 million new guests they're targeting.</p><p><strong>Disney's Global Parks Expansion Plans Sound Great, But Details are Lacking and there are some Risks <br></strong><br></p><p>In the last episode, we discussed the potential future developments for Disneyland and, as if on cue, Bob Iger and Disney executives shared a little more this week about the Disney Company's future park investments around the globe. Here's what we know and what it may mean for you, the Disney traveler.</p><p><br>The Disney Company is working on plans to increase the timing and investments in Parks, Experiences and Products globally. They plan to almost double the spend over the next 10 years to roughly $60 billion, including both American and international parks and Disney Cruise Line (not to mention DVC).</p><p><br>Disney CEO Bob Iger and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro met with Wall Street analysts and investors at Disney World to discuss how they plan to invest in experiences that leverage the ever-growing library of Disney stories.</p><p><br><strong>Which Disney Stories Will Come to Life?<br></strong><br></p><p>Not unlike Destination D23, this presentation was a lot of talking with little detail. </p><p><br>Disney does plan to fuel future growth with stories that haven't had a significant presence in parks. We know that Frozen-themed lands are coming to Hong Kong Disneyland, Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris and Tokyo Disney Resort, and that a Zootopia-themed land is coming to Shanghai Disney Resort. But Disney specifically stated it will explore even more characters and franchises, including some they've never done before.</p><p><br>“We have a wealth of untapped stories to bring to life across our business,” said D’Amaro. “Frozen, one of the most successful and popular animated franchises of all time, could have a presence at the Disneyland Resort. Wakanda has yet to be brought to life. The world of Coco is just waiting to be explored. There’s a lot of storytelling opportunity.”</p><p><strong>No Shortage of Park Space for Disney to Build<br></strong><br></p><p>In a shot likely aimed at Universal, Josh D'Amaro said “We stand alone when it comes to scale and while our scale is impressive, we have no shortage of space or regions of the world in which to tell new stories.”</p><p>Disney Parks has over 1,000 acres of land for possible future development to expand theme park space across its existing sites – the equivalent of about seven new Disneyland Parks.</p><p><strong>Focusing on Converting Disney Fans into Disney Travelers<br></strong><br></p><p>For every park visitor today there are 10 other Disney consumers who've never visited a park. So DIsney has a plan to convert those 700 million Disney fans to become park guests. That's a lot of people in Disney Parks.</p><p>This sounds great if you're a Disney exec, but could prove to be a nightmare for Disney travelers who sometimes have to navigate parks that are already over crowded. How they do this is critical.</p><p>“Ultimately what is most important to us is the relationship that we have with every guest,” said D’Amaro. “Guests can spend a day with us at our Parks, a week with us on a Cruise, or the rest of their lives with us through Disney Vacation Club membership.”</p><p>What Disney needs to consider is that every guest includes existing loyal Disney travelers. It will be a balancing act to bring in that many more new visitors, without disrupting the experience for everyone (and that includes convoluted tech processes for just about everything).</p><p>Having enough hotel space is critical to making this vision work. While they did not mention hotels, they did talk about Disney Vacation Club (DVC). </p><p>The DVC expansion strategy is currently to have a thousand new "keys" (aka DVC rooms) coming on board by the end of 2024. That's a lot of new DVC members. </p><ul><li>340 DVC rooms came online with the opening of DVC Disneyland Hotel in September and </li><li>there will be approximately 360 Fort Wilderness cabins opening in 2024, </li><li>plus approximately 270 new Polynesian Villas also in 2024.</li></ul><p>Having every possible guest become a DVC member is clearly a "key" strategy for Disney.</p><p>So what does that mean for the future of Disney travel and the management of crowd levels and an overall enjoyable experience? Only time will tell. For now let's focus on the positive fact that somehow somewhere, there will be a new park or parks at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Forget Walt Disney World Blue Sky, Disneyland Will Get the Next Park
<p><strong>Is a Third Park featuring Arendelle, Zootopia or Corona Coming to Disneyland, California?</strong></p><p> </p><p>With all the Blue Sky discussion about the potential new lands at Walt Disney World, Disneyland has been quietly moving ahead with plans to add a third park to Disneyland Resort.</p><p> </p><p>As reported by several California media outlets recently, the much-discussed major expansion for Disneyland seems to be one step closer to reality. The city of Anaheim released a major 17,000-page environmental assessment report for the Disneyland Forward project, and while there are a number of issues noted, all signs point to this project moving forward.</p><p> </p><p>Exactly when this might happen isn't clear just yet, but talks of the Peoplemover and Skyway making return appearances are part of the discussion. The land would be built on what is currently a parking lot east of Disneyland, along with surrounding areas. It would also including walking bridges over Harbor Boulevard and Disneyland Drive, to allow guest to move around easier.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disneyland Park Just Upped its Game When it Comes to Park Food</strong></p><p> </p><p>River Belle Terrace, Cafe Orleans, and Carnation Café are all serving up new dishes, as well as some non-alcoholic and alcoholic specialty drinks. </p><p> </p><p><strong>River Belle Terrace</strong></p><p> </p><p>Located near Tarzan's Treehouse in the heart of Frontierland, River Belle Terrace has great riverfront views and features Southern-inspired cuisine. Here's what's new for food and drink</p><p><strong>Food Items: </strong></p><ul><li>Warm Bacon &amp; Spinach Salad: Bacon vinaigrette, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and cheese curds <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(brunch only)</em></li><li>American Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, apple wood smoked bacon, breakfast sausage, house fries, and a biscuit <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(brunch only)</em></li><li>Signature Pancakes: Pumpkin-spiced pancakes for the fall season <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(brunch only)</em></li><li>Roasted Summer Squash: Heirloom tomato sauce, heritage grains succotash, greens, and tofu <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(brunch and dinner)</em></li><li>Chicken Pot Pie Soup: Chicken, carrots, celery, and onion <strong><em>(New) </em></strong>(<em>dinner only</em>)</li><li>Pork Chop: Buttery mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and bourbon-apple sauce <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(dinner only) </em></li><li>Blackened Sustainable Fish with tartar sauce and pickled vegetables served with house fries <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(dinner only) </em></li><li>BBQ Brisket Burnt Ends Pasta: Pappardelle pasta, caramelized onions, and wild mushroom <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(dinner only) </em></li><li>Chocolate Chip Cookie <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available for dinner only)</em></li><li>Plant-based Ice Cream <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Seasonal topping available on request) (dinner only)</em><strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Drinks: </strong></p><ul><li>Mississippi Mud Pie: Sprite, chocolate fudge syrup, and cream topped with whipped cream and crumbled chocolate cream cookies (Non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Wildberry Mule: Tito's Handmade Vodka, blackberry purée, lime, and ginger syrup and blackberries <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Nielson Wines Chardonnay <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Meiomi Wines Pinot Noir <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Modelo Especial Mexican Lager <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Smog City Brewing’s Sabre-Toothed Squirrel Hoppy American Amber Ale <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square</strong></p><p>With French Quarter flair. Cafe Orleans has long been a Disneyland favorite. Here's what new on the drinks menu.</p><p><strong>Drinks: </strong></p><ul><li>Bayou Punch: Minute Maid Lemonade Zero Sugar, orange juice, strawberry purée, blueberry syrup, and an alligator-shaped gummy (Non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>House Hurricane: Pimm’s No. 1 Liqueur, Bacardi Superior Rum, orange juice, strawberry purée, sweet and sour mix, simple syrup, and orange garnish <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>McBride Sisters Chardonnay <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Mirassou Wines Pinot Noir <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Karl Strauss Brewing Company Follow the Sun Blonde Ale <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Hazy Little Thing IPA <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Carnation Café </strong></p><p>An American comfort food spot on Main Street, U.S.A., Here's what you'll now find at Carnation Café.<strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Food Items: </strong></p><ul><li>Veggie Skillet: Three-cheese eggs, breakfast potatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and spinach topped with cheese and fresh tomato garnish <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(until November 9) </em></li><li>Walt's Chili-Cheese Omelet: Cheese omelet topped with chili, cheese, and chives served with breakfast potatoes <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(until November 9, breakfast only)</em></li><li>Brownie with Chocolate Sauce <strong><em>(Plant-based) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Drinks: </strong></p><ul><li>Orange Creamsicle: Sprite, candied orange syrup and cream topped with a candied orange slice (Non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Lavender Mimosa: Chandon California Sparkling Wine and lavender syrup <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(breakfast only)</em></li><li>Orange Juice Mimosa: Chandon California Sparkling Wine and orange juice <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(breakfast only)</em></li><li>Bloody Mary: Tito's Homemade Vodka and Cutwater Bloody Mary Mix with a bacon and celery garnish <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(breakfast only)</em></li><li>Peach Pie Margarita: Patron Tequila Silver, peach purée, sweet and sour mix, lime juice, and lime garnish <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Chandon California Sparkling Wine <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(breakfast only)</em></li><li>Fess Parker Winery Chardonnay <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Silver Palm Wines Cabernet Sauvignon <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Michelob ULTRA Light Lager <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Golden Road Brewing Ride On 10 Hop Hazy IPA <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. 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What the News from Destination D23 Really Means for Walt Disney World
<p>There's a lot of hype following the big announcements at this year's Destination D23 Event at Walt Disney World. But what many have missed is that several things have changed since last year's big announcements. So what's real, what can be trusted and what's as clear as mud for the future of Walt Disney World?</p><p><strong>The Big News for Disney Parks from Destination D23</strong></p><p> </p><p>We learned as much from what was said as we did from what was not said.</p><p> </p><p><strong>What's Coming to Disney's Magic Kingdom Park</strong></p><p> </p><p>Hatbox Ghost will be back at the Haunted Mansion in November, but not in the way you may think. He will appear "wherever and whenever he pleases," implying that you may or may not see him on the ride and likely not in the same place each time.</p><p> </p><p>Country Bear Jamboree is changing, this time significantly. An all-new show is coming, complete with a whole new act and new songs. The new show will be modeled after the musical revues of Nashville, featuring some of your favorite country bears singing popular Disney hits in a variety of country music styles, including pop country, bluegrass, rockabilly and more. Disney offered a sneak peak by showing the recording session for Bear Necessities, which will be in the new show.</p><p> </p><p>Pirates of the Caribbean is getting new ambiance with the addition of a new tavern near the ride. Remember the Barker Bird who used to chat will guests at the entrance of Pirates of the Caribbean? He will be back and living at the new tavern, chatting it up with guests. Big questions are will this be a reimagining of Tortuga Tavern and will they be selling alcohol?</p><p> </p><p><strong>What's Coming to EPCOT</strong></p><p> </p><p>We know that Moana's Journey of Water is opening on October 16 (including a new location for the Moana meet and greet), but we now know that all of World Celebration will open in December. Yes, the walls are finally coming down. </p><p> </p><p>Bigger news is that Test Track will be undergoing another complete overhaul and update (still with Chevrolet). No dates as to when it will close and for how long, but it is time for a refresh so this is welcome news. Disney promises the new Test Track will include the best elements from the original version along with new updates that point to a future world for vehicles.</p><p> </p><p>World Showcase Lagoon will be getting a new nighttime show entitled Luminous: The Symphony of Us. It will debut on December 5.</p><p> </p><p><strong>What Will the Future Hold for Walt Disney World Parks?</strong></p><p> </p><p>It got interesting here as they teased new information, but in some cases said less than they said last year. Here's what we know.</p><p> </p><p>Beyond Big Thunder Mountain at Magic Kingdom still appears to be happening, but they did not mention villains or anything else specifically. It still sounds like a new land with significant size and scale and it will include attractions, restaurants, shows and more.</p><p> </p><p>They did say that Dinoland at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park will be reimagined into a new land themed as the tropical Americas (geographically the space between North and South America). This land will land be Encanto themed, which removes Encanto from Beyond Big Thunder, as was hinted at last year. So Encanto Moves from Magic Kingdom to Animal Kingdom. Plus, an Indiana Jones area is likely coming to Animal Kingdom, potentially where Rafiki's Planet Watch is currently located. </p><p> </p><p>Finally, It's Tough to be a Bug in the Tree of Life is being reimagined as a Zootopia themed attraction/show.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney Cruise Line</strong></p><p> </p><p>The seventh ship will be called the Disney Adventure.</p><p> </p><p>The new island stop in the Bahamas on Eleuthera will be called Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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What will the Disneyland Haunted Mansion Expansion Mean for You?
<p>There are big changes coming to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. What will be new and what will stay the same? More importantly, what impact with this construction have for your upcoming Disney vacation? </p><p><strong>Is the Disneyland Haunted Mansion following the Lead of the Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion?</strong></p><p>Starting in early 2024, several additions will be built that add to the story of the classic original Haunted Mansion in Disneyland Park.</p><p>Exactly what this means in terms of ride closure isn't yet clear, but we do know that most the changes appear to be outside of the ride track itself. Here's what we know right now: changes will include an expanded outdoor queue that is intended to further immerse your wait time with enhanced theming. This is something that the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World implemented many years ago. </p><p><br>Attention Disney Shoppers: a new Haunted Mansion shop will be added next to the exit area, where currently there are merch carts. Once again, this follows the addition of Memento Mori at Walt Disney World, which was re-imagined from the Yankee Trader shop that was there before. Also, the eerie and stately grounds surrounding the Haunted Mansion will be expanded with a "spirited metamorphosis" to bring the immersive theme to the outdoor space surround the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. </p><p>In true Disney style, there is the backstory to the Disneyland Haunted Mansion. Local legend suggests that the manor known today as the Haunted Mansion was first built by a prosperous sea captain. To this day, mansion staff faithfully maintains the happy haunting grounds. While this story hasn't been leveraged much so far, the new expanded queue for the Haunted Mansion will tie into these stories, including new gardens inspired by Master Gracey, Madame Leota and the one-eyed cat.</p><p>Each of the new gardens will feature unique elements ranging from a water fountain and a gazebo to themed statues and landscaping. You'll even see a new greenhouse where the Haunted Mansion groundskeepers grow their plants. The pet cemetery and horse-drawn funeral hearse will continue to reside on the attraction’s grounds.</p><p>Since Madame Leota has always been a Haunted Mansion favorite, Disney plans to expand her presence outside the walls of the Haunted Mansion. This carriage house of the mansion, which belongs to Madame Leota, will become the new standalone shop.</p><p>Timing for these enhancements has a lot to do with what's happening next door in New Orleans Square with the Tiana updates. So a transitional space will be added in the form of an park setting with spots to relax and enjoy the ambiance of live entertainment under the shade of new and existing trees.</p><p>Finally, Disney is taking the opportunity to improve accessibility in these areas during the construction, including a new elevator exit from the Haunted Mansion for guests with disabilities.</p><p>Disney promises to share more information in the coming months, with a hint that the objects found in Leota’s garden will be inspired by her incantation. This sounds very similar to how you can interact with many of the items in the queue of the Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion. </p><p>We love the murder mystery hidden among the busts in the Haunted Mansion line at the Magic Kingdom. So, can we expect Disney Imagineers to add a similar unique mystery at Disneyland? Only time will tell.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Survey Results: Are Disney's Yacht and Beach Clubs less Desirable without Stormalong Bay?<br></strong><br></p><p>In a survey of 1923 Main Street Disney Travel Podcast listeners following our last episode, the overwhelming majority of respondents said they would not choose to stay at Disney's Beach Club Resort or Disney's Yacht Club Resort when Stormalong Bay is closed.</p><p>71.4 % said no, they would not stay at Disney's Beach Club Resort or Disney's Yacht Club Resort when Stormalong Bay is closed.</p><p>28.6% said yes, they would still stay at Disney's Beach Club Resort or Disney's Yacht Club Resort when Stormalong Bay is closed.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Would You Stay at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club with no Stormalong Bay?
<p>Stormalong Bay is a big reason why many guests choose Disney's Beach Club Resort or Yacht Club Resort. So when the iconic pools is closed for nearly half a year, would you still choose to stay there? This story plus what's on the menu at Tiana's new Disneyland Restaurant.</p><p><strong>Would You Stay at Disney's Beach Club Resort if Stormalong Bay Weren't Available?</strong></p><p> </p><p><em>A Walt Disney World Pool Closure Alert that's Going to Hurt<br></em><br></p><p>Stormalong Bay is closing. From January 2025 through May 2025, Stormalong Bay and Shipwreck Pool at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts will be closed for maintenance. </p><p>During this time, the Tidal, Admiral and Dunes Cove leisure pools will be available, so it won't be a total pool shutdown. However, with the start attraction of the resort closed will this -- and should this -- affect your plans to stay at the resort?</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>We Now Know the Menu at Tiana’s Palace, Disneyland Park: Is it worth trying?<br></strong><br></p><p>The grand opening of Tiana’s Palace over at Disneyland Park is on September 7 and will bring a taste of New Orleans to the park. Located on Orleans Street, Disney is confident this will become an instant hotspot. Let's take a look at the menu to see if we agree.</p><p>Gumbo-lovers will have a couple different options to try. The <strong>7 Greens Gumbo</strong> is a plant-based option featuring white beans, okra, yams, sweet potatoes, and heirloom rice. Or you can make it the <strong>7 Greens Gumbo with Chicken &amp; Andouille Sausage</strong>. There's also the <strong>House Gumbo</strong> which is a New Orleans staple combining braised chicken, andouille sausage, and heirloom rice into a dish we are curious to try.</p><p>If you like a little extra spice, the <strong>Cajun Spice Half Chicken</strong> is one to try. The chicken is brushed with a house-made chicory BBQ sauce and served with baked macaroni and cheese and coleslaw.</p><p>For sandwiches, there's the <strong>Muffuletta Sandwich</strong> has mortadella, salami, rosemary ham, cheddar, provolone and house-made olive relish on toasted New Orleans sesame seed bread. The <strong>Beef Po-boy Sandwich</strong> has slow-cooked beef coated with gravy and fully dressed with shredded lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise atop a toasted New Orleans French bread. Both are served with red beans and rice and house-made pickles. </p><p> </p><p><strong>Gulf Shrimp and Grits are on the menu as well. </strong>Grilled and tossed in a Creole sauce, the shrimp are paired with cheesy grits to form a classic dish that is famous in New Orleans.</p><p> </p><p>Side dishes include <strong>Buttermilk Cornbread</strong>, <strong>Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Red Beans &amp; Heirloom Rice</strong>, <strong>Coleslaw, Cheesy Grits </strong>and plant-based<strong> Heirloom Rice.</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Kids meals include a <strong>Roasted Chicken Drumstick</strong> served with a sweet BBQ sauce and heirloom rice, while the <strong>Toasted Ham &amp; Cheese Sandwich </strong>is topped with ham and provolone. A classic <strong>Baked Macaroni and Cheese</strong> is on the menu as well. All three come with a Cuties Mandarin Orange and applesauce with choice of DASANI Water or small lowfat milk.</p><p> </p><p>And finally, yes, there is a <strong>House-filled Beignet </strong>featuring a lemon ice box pie filling topped with lemon glaze for the perfect bite.</p><p> </p><p>For coffee lovers, the <strong>Joffrey's Coffee Chicory Cold Brew is </strong>topped with sweet cream and there's a <strong>Ray Firefly Glow Cube</strong>* available with the purchase of a beverage in case you want to light it up. This add-on is a nod to the way Evangeline lights up the night sky.</p><p>Finally, on the merchandise front you can to take home a piece of Tiana’s Palace with the <strong>Lily Pad and Lotus Cup Ceramic Set</strong> (and it even comes with a <strong>House-filled Beignet)</strong>.</p><p><em>*There's a limit of 10 ice cubes per person, per transaction for the Ray Firefly Glow Cube.<br> **There's a limit of two sets per person, per transaction for the Lily Pad and Lotus Cup Ceramic Set.</em></p><p>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Trip Report: Disney's Vero Beach Resort and the Grand Floridian Resort
<p>Is the Grand Floridian Orchestra returning to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort? This story plus tips for the Tron Virtual Queue, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and our take on the new DVC building at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.</p><p><strong>Trip Report: Disney's Vero Beach Resort and Walt Disney World Grand Floridian Resort</strong></p><p> </p><p>Every August we do a split-stay Disney trip with three nights Disney's Vero Beach Resort (this year in an oceanfront studio villa) and four nights at Walt Disney World (this year in a two-bedroom Villa at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort).</p><p> </p><p>We had 100% success with room requests on this trip and we share our approach for how to get the exact room you want any Disney hotel.</p><p> </p><p>Trams were still not running in every parking lot at Walt Disney World parks, but the good news is that they're coming back to all parks in September 2023.</p><p> </p><p>In this episode, we share our views on the new Disney Vacation Club tower at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Hear our take on whether this one is a hit or miss for Disney Imagineering.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023</strong></p><p> </p><p>We have lots of news to share from this year's Halloween party in the Magic Kingdom. Topics we cover in this episode include:</p><p> </p><p>·      The issues with new queuing system to enter Mickey's Not So Scary Holloween Party (and how to avoid them)</p><p>·      What's different with how they're handing out candy at trick or treat stations (and whether it's good for you as a guest)</p><p>·      What ride wait times were like during the party (and how to maximize your time)</p><p>·      And what is still one of the best tips we can offer for anyone attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.</p><p> </p><p><strong>General Tips and Experiences</strong></p><p> </p><p>Don't believe that narrative that Disney World parks are empty. It's not true and we share our first-hand experiences to back it up.</p><p> </p><p>Plus, we cover our experiences and tips for Disney's digital bus sign times and one great way for how to use Disney Gift Cards to really optimize your Walt Disney World vacation.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Restaurant Reviews</strong></p><p> </p><p>On this trip, we tried the new Narcoossee's at the Grand Floridian and the Roundup Rodeo BBQ in Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios.</p><p> </p><p>Hear our take on both of these Disney restaurants and whether we recommend them</p><p> </p><p><strong>How the Tron Virtual Queue Really Works </strong></p><p> </p><p>We tested the virtual queue system for Tron on a regular park day and during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.</p><p> </p><p>We share how it worked and when we actually got to ride Tron (so you can plan your day around how long it really takes)</p><p> </p><p><strong>News from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort</strong></p><p> </p><p>Is the Grand Floridian Orchestra coming back to the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort? </p><p> </p><p>Hear what we learned about this and whether or not the Grand 1 Yacht will be back. </p><p> </p><p>We spoke to a Grand Floridian front desk Cast Member to see what they had to say.</p><p> </p><p>And finally, the Grand Floridian lobby aroma has changed. Find out what is smells like now.</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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The Best New Photo Opps at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
<p><strong>The New Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Photo Ops for 2023<br></strong><br></p><p>Where to find them and where to find some Returning Favorites as Well</p><p><br>Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is now scaring things up at Magic Kingdom Park, and Disney PhotoPass photographers have some brand new spooky shots and spots taking place during the event.</p><p><br>New photos include Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews, the Lonesome Ghosts, Maleficent and more. </p><p>Plus many of your favorite Magic Shots are also back this year, including the Headless Horseman and Oogie Boogie. </p><p><br>Where to Find Disney Photo Ops during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party</p><ul><li>Multiple locations (Evil Queen's hand and a poison apple) NEW!</li><li>At the entrance to the park and on Main Street, U.S.A.   (TinkerBell in your hand and Halloween Mickey balloons, Donald's nephews in costume, lonesome ghosts)  <em>NEW!</em></li><li>Town Square near the flag pole (holding a Mickey shaped pumpkin)</li><li>Select spots in front of and near Cinderella Castle (fire pumpkin)</li><li>Near the gardens in front of Casey’s Corner and The Plaza Restaurant (pumpkin patch)  <em>NEW!</em></li><li>Liberty Square near the Hall of Presidents (hitchhiking ghosts, headless horseman)</li><li>In front of the Haunted Mansion (holding a lantern)</li><li>At the castle walls near Pinocchio Village Haus (Maleficent dragon)</li><li>Near the main entrance to Storybook Circus (fun photos, not scary)</li><li>Near the Purple Wall (just past Tomorrowland Terrace)(scary cartoon monsters in costume)</li></ul><p>and at many of the party character greetings</p><p> </p><p>Some of the coolest Disney photo opportunities with the spookiest ambiance are those that you get in black and white.</p><p> </p><p>The best BxW shots are on Main Street: Walt Disney's classic dancing skeletons and a very spooky misty ambiance mood shot with bats and large moon. This one would make the perfect portrait.</p><p> </p><p>Favorite shots: bubbling cauldron (near the gardens by Casey's Corner and The Plaza Restaurant)</p><p> </p><p>Favorites New shots: fall TinkerBell in your hand at the park entrance (past the train station)</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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The BIG small Change that's Finally Happening for Disney Trip Planning
<p><strong>Disney Vacation Planning Just Got a Little Easier</strong></p><p>Maybe it should have been there from the very start, but after years of having to jump through hoops with Disney World and Disneyland vacation planning, Disney is finally implementing a change that will make trip planning a little easier for guests. This story, plus Disney Aulani news and a Christmas 2023 Disneyland update.<strong><br></strong><br></p><p><strong>The Big Changes for How You Can Book Your Advanced Dining at Disneyland and Walt Disney World</strong></p><p><br>After many years of frustration that caused guests to jump through hoops and juggle plans around Disney dining, Disney if finally making it much more efficient to book dining reservations. </p><p><br>The new updates include:</p><ul><li><strong>The Ability to See and Pick from All Available Reservation Slots (not just three): </strong>We shouldn't be so excited for something that should have been there all along, but now all available dining reservation slots will show up for your selected dining location and timeframe on the Disneyland website/Disneyland app and on the Walt Disney World website/My Disney Experience app. </li><li><strong>Reservation Slots Sorted by Meal Period: </strong>Reservation availability will be sorted by meal period so you can see which menu is being served during the time of your reservation. This is most important around the transition time periods, for example if you're booking 4:00 p.m. you'll see if they're still serving lunch or starting on the dinner menu.</li></ul><p><br>These updates will roll out in phases across the website and iOS and Android platforms.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Disney Aulani Refurbishment Update: Ka Maka Pool and Grotto</strong></p><p><br>If you're heading to Disney Aulani Hawaii this October, this is important news. The Ka Maka Pool and Grotto, including Ka Maka whirlpool spa, will be closed from October 9 - 28, 2023 for refurbishment. This is a showpiece pool so it will be missed by guests visiting at this time.</p><p>Resort pools and water features that will be open include the Waikolohe Pool and Stream, the two water slides, multiple whirlpool spas, Keiki Cove splash zone, and the Wailana Pool. </p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>2023 Disneyland Resort Holiday Season Dates and Details Revealed<br></strong><br></p><p>The Holidays dates for Disneyland Resort this year will be November 10, 2023, through January 7, 2024. </p><p>Here is what's happening including the celebrations, décor, entertainment and more for this year's Christmas and holiday season.</p><p><br><strong><em>Cultural Celebrations in Disney California Adventure Park with Disney Festival of Holidays<br></em></strong><br></p><p>The Disney Festival of Holidays draws inspiration from a wide range of global holiday celebrations, including Christmas, Navidad, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. </p><p>Enjoy new treats and returning favorite food and beverage items at the Disney Festival of Holidays marketplaces and get into the spirit of it all with music and dance performances at the Palisades Stage, Sonoma Terrace and for the first time, in the Hollywood Backlot. Plus, you can dance along as Disney and Pixar characters march to the beat of the Holiday Toy Drummers in “Mickey’s Happy Holidays.”</p><p>The Sip and Savor Pass is back and offers eight entitlement tabs that can be redeemed for select food and non-alcoholic beverages from several marketplaces and participating dining locations in Disney California Adventure. Each Sip and Savor Pass is valid for the entire of Disney Festival of Holidays and can be shared among friends and family, so your whole group can sample dishes together this season.</p><p>Disney ¡Viva Navidad! is back at the Paradise Gardens Park for its 10th season. This year, you can taste your way through an all-new menu at Paradise Garden Grill. The Three Caballeros will host a joyous street party, featuring Mexican folklórico dancers and mariachis, Brazilian samba dancers and percussionists, giant mojiganga puppets and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their holiday best. Additional festivities in this area will include live music and dancing, visits with more Disney characters and special appearances by Mirabel from Encanto.</p><p> </p><p><strong><em>Festive Décor and Attractions Across Disneyland Resort<br></em></strong><br></p><p>Anchored by Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, adorned with icicles and snow-capped turrets as a must see, also be sure to visit the oversize gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. If you like Christmas trees with uniquely themed ornaments, there will be plenty to see in both parks, Downtown Disney District, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Disneyland Hotel. And since it's the Christmas holiday season, you may just see a little Disney magic “snow” falling nightly in select areas of Disneyland park.</p><p>And that's not all: ornaments, lights and more will also embellish favorite attractions that get a special holiday overlay. In Disneyland, you'll be serenaded with choruses of jolly tunes on the wintry waterway of “it’s a small world” Holiday, and Jack Skellington redecorates the Haunted Mansion as usual, transforming it into the frightfully festive Haunted Mansion Holiday -- this year with a new haunted gingerbread house. In Disney California Adventure, Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree, both offer up seasonal spins for the “haul-idays.”</p><p><strong><em>Delight in Seasonal Spectaculars and Holiday Entertainment<br></em></strong><br></p><p>For festive photos, watch for Mickey Mouse and friends with all-new holiday outfits in Disneyland park, putting a spin on the classic red and green with midcentury modern-inspired looks. Plus, Santa Claus will be there too and available to pose for jolly photos around Disneyland Resort through December 24.</p><p>For merry entertainment, Disneyland Park offers “A Christmas Fantasy Parade” starring characters from Frozen, Toy Story and more. In the evening, watch for the “Believe…In Holiday Magic” nighttime spectacular, which will light up the night sky with fireworks and sprinklings of snow. </p><p>At Disney California Adventure, World of Color – Season of Light will fill Paradise Bay with the holiday spirit as hundreds of fountains illustrate warm moments from Disney animated films.</p><p>Downtown Disney isn't just for holiday shopping, you can also groove to a variety of seasonal live musical performances on select evenings at the Downtown Disney LIVE! stage. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel will also have live entertainment on select nights.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Tw...</a></p>
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Why 2023 Will be the Best Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Ever
<p>Heading to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2023? If yes, you're in luck as this promises the best year ever when it comes to specialty foods. Our complete guide on what to try, plus our take on the recently reopened Trail's End and Crockett's Tavern at Fort Wilderness.</p><p><strong>The Must Eat Items at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party</strong></p><p> </p><p><strong><em>This is one of the best years ever for foodies at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party<br></em></strong><br></p><p>For 2023 Disney culinary has created 30 specialty treats and 27 of them are brand new this year! </p><p>Here is the full menu and our top picks for what you must try.</p><p><br><strong>Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies </strong><em>(Available Aug. 11 through Nov. 1 during regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)</em><strong> </strong></p><ul><li>Apple Fritter Milk Shake: Salted caramel milk shake topped with green apple whipped cream and an apple fritter (Non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Cheshire Café </strong></p><ul><li>MMMummy Treat: Flaky pastry filled with chocolate-hazelnut filling and topped with white icing stripes and sugar eyes <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)  &gt; Mike's Pick</em></li><li>Queen of Hearts Slushy: Frozen cherry slushy drizzled with black cherry purée and topped with whipped cream and a crown-shaped chocolate piece (Non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Regular park hours and the Party)</em></li><li>Witches Cold Brew: French Vanilla Joffrey's Coffee Cold Brew topped with pumpkin-spiced foam and Halloween sprinkles (Non-alcoholic) <em>(Regular park hours and the Party)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café </strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></p><ul><li>Terrifyin' Twice-Spiced Chicken Sandwich: Spicy fried chicken breast dipped in hot honey and topped with pepper jack cheese, jalapeño poppers, and bacon <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong><em>&gt; Mike's Pick &gt; Amelia's Pick</em></li><li>The Snarling Sub: Meatball sub with spicy marinara, pesto and pearl mozzarella "teeth" served on a black roll <strong><em>(new) </em></strong></li><li>Zombie Fingers: Almond cookie fingers, Key lime pie white chocolate ganache, salted caramel crisp pearls, and sugar eyes <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong><em>&gt; Mike's Pick</em></li><li>River Styx Elixir: Kiwi lemonade with luster dust (Non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>The Friar’s Nook </strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></p><ul><li>Pain and Panic Brat: Bratwurst, sweet and spicy onion relish, and sriracha mustard <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Pain and Panic Loaded Tots: Tots topped with sweet and spicy onion relish, sriracha mustard, and crumbled bratwurst <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Buffalo Chicken Hand Pie with spicy ranch drizzle and blue cheese powder <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Golden Oak Outpost</strong></p><ul><li>Tombstone Tart: Flaky pastry filled with strawberry-jalapeño jam and topped with sprinkles and sugar spiders <strong><em>(New)</em></strong><em> (Available regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)</em></li><li>Loaded Sweet Potato Fries: Sweet potato fries tossed in cinnamon sugar and topped with marshmallow cream, butterscotch chips, and toffee pieces <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during Party only) &gt; Amelia's Pick</em></li></ul><p><strong>Liberty Square Market </strong><em>(Available regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)</em></p><ul><li>Black Velvet Whoopie Pie: with buttercream and sprinkles topped with a sugar spider <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Main Street Bakery</strong></p><ul><li>Mickey-shaped Cinnamon Roll: Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll topped with orange frosting and sprinkles <em>(Available regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)  &gt; Amelia's Pick</em></li><li>Minnie-shaped Pumpkin Cheesecake: Pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin coffee mousse topped with a white chocolate candy corn bow <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during the Party only)  &gt; Amelia's Pick</em></li></ul><p><strong>Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn &amp; Café </strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></p><ul><li>Cajun Burger: Cajun-spiced all-beef patty topped with fried green tomato, Cajun Andouille dip, and Creole remoulade served on a black bun <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong><em>&gt; Mike's Pick</em></li><li>Bucket of Bones: Bone-in piggy wings fried with fresh jalapeños tossed in Coca-Cola Cherry barbecue sauce <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong><em>&gt; Mike's Pick</em></li><li>Candy Corn Milk Shake: Sweet corn soft-serve topped with whipped cream and sweet potato corn bread nuggets (Non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(New)</em></strong><strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Plaza Ice Cream Parlor </strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)</em></p><ul><li>Apple Fritter Sundae: Apple fritters topped with choice of ice cream, whipped cream, and sprinkles <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong><em>&gt; Amelia's Pick</em></li><li>Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich: Cookies topped with sprinkles with choice of ice cream</li></ul><p><strong>Sleepy Hollow </strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></p><ul><li>Char Siu Chicken Wings: Whole chicken wings glazed in char siu, topped with chili threads and garlic <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Headless Horseman Cupcake: Yellow cupcake topped with cream cheese buttercream, spicy cheese-flavored snacks, and a chocolate piece <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Cinnamon Funnel Cake: Funnel cake topped with pumpkin ice cream, drizzled with pumpkin spiced caramel, and topped with butterscotch chips <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Storybook Treats </strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></p><ul><li>Hades Cone: DOLE Whip mango and habanero soft-serve topped with blue raspberry shell and chili-lime seasoning <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong><em>&gt; Mike's Pick</em></li></ul><p><strong>Sunshine Tree Terrace </strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></p><ul><li>Tropical Graveyard: Mango mousse and sour tropical gelatin topped with cookie crumbles, gummy worm, sprinkles, and a tombstone chocolate piece <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Churro Cart near Cinderella Castle </strong></p><ul><li>Not-So-Poison Apple Churro: Churro rolled in green apple sugar, topped with SNICKERS bar pieces, and drizzled with caramel sauce <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during regular park hours and the Party)  &gt; Amelia's Pick</em></li><li>Jack Pop: Chocolate fudge brownie with marshmallow filling and topped with a Jack chocolate piece <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></li><li>Sally Pop: Yellow pop with raspberry filling topped with a Sally chocolate piece<br> <strong><em>(New)</em></strong><em> (Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Outdoor Vending Cart near The Haunted Mansion </strong><em>(Available during Halloween Party only)</em></p><ul><li>Skull Brownie: Mexican-spiced chocolate brownie, dulce de leche filling and sugar eyes <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Trail’s End Restaurant and Crockett’s Tavern Have Reopened at Fort Wilderness and We are Pleased with the Result<br></strong><br></p>
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What Will Happen When the Walls Come Down at EPCOT?
<p>The walls at EPCOT have been there for so long that we forget what it was like to wander freely without them. But that will be coming to an end soon. So what will it be like when the walls come down at EPCOT? This story and more Disney travel news.</p><p><strong>Here's What Will Happen When the Walls Come Down at EPCOT<br></strong><br></p><p>EPCOT will be the center of the Disney100 celebration at Walt Disney World and when the walls come down around September 22, here's what you'll find. Was it all worth the wait and inconvenience?</p><p><br>Take a photo with the new platinum Mickey Mouse sculpture in World Celebration, with Spaceship Earth as the backdrop. </p><p>See the new mural at the heart of World Celebration and try to find as many Disney characters as you can (there are, of course, 100 of them). The large mural will be located along the walkway to World Showcase and will feature favorite Disney characters hidden throughout the various neighborhoods of EPCOT. The rest of World Celebration will also be decked out in Disney100 platinum banners and décor.</p><p>Meet and greet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their platinum best in the Imagination! pavilion. Also, Spaceship Earth will light up each night with special colors and lights accompanied by the Disney100 anthem, a unique rendition of <em>When You Wish Upon a Star</em>.</p><p> </p><p>The Disney100 celebration will have four limited-time food and beverage locations during both the EPCOT International Food &amp; Wine Festival and the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays! </p><p><br>If you collect Disney popcorn buckets, there's a new purple metallic Mickey Balloon Premium Popcorn Bucket available only at EPCOT during Disney100.</p><p>All of the Disney100 celebrations will have a limited time run from September 22 to December 31, 2023. </p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>New ‘Disney Junior &amp; Friends Playdate’ Event Coming to Disneyland Resort August 18-20</strong></p><p><br>“Disney Junior &amp; Friends Playdate,” is a three-day event celebrating the stories of Disney Junior’s hit series created for preschoolers and their families at Disney California Adventure park on Friday, August 18, and at Downtown Disney on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.  </p><p><br><strong>August 18 at Disney California Adventure park will feature:</strong></p><ul><li>A Playdate Party Parade featuring Disney Junior characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Vampirina, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Goofy, Pluto, and Mira, Royal Detective.</li><li>A special “Disney Junior Live! Playdate” stage show with the world-premiere of the new Disney Junior short-form series “Playdate with Winnie the Pooh.”</li><li> “Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Unbirthday Party” will offer a hands-on cupcake decorating course inspired by the Disney Junior series. </li><li>A “Spidey and his Amazing Friends” photo wall be at the Hollywood Backlot</li></ul><p><strong>Downtown Disney on Saturday,</strong> <strong>August 19 and Sunday, August 20:</strong></p><ul><li>Disney Junior-themed treats at Marceline’s Confectionary. </li><li>A “<em>Star Wars</em>: Young Jedi Adventures” photo wall at Downtown Disney.</li></ul><p>Throughout the weekend, there will also be scavenger hunt featuring Disney Junior-themed clues around Disney California Adventure park on Friday and Downtown Disney on Saturday and Sunday.</p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>Filling the Fantasmic Void in Disneyland Park</strong></p><p><br>Jambalaya Jazz has taken their show to a river barge to fill the void left by Fantasmic. Queenie anchors the band for a New Orleans-inspired jazz show to add a little magic to evenings along Rivers of America.  </p><p><br>Queenie and the Jambalaya Jazz Band perform a musical tribute to New Orleans each evening on a themed raft as they float down the Rivers of America. There are three shows nightly starting at 7:35 p.m. Check the Disneyland app for show times and details. </p><p>Disney will also be adding more entertainment soon to New Orleans Square.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Top Picks from the 2023 EPCOT Food & Wine Foodie Guide
<p><strong>It's Time for Our Annual Review of the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival Foodie Guide<br></strong><br>For 2023 there are a total of 32 new food dishes to try and 42 new beverages options to try at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. We share the entire menu including our top picks from what's new and top picks from returning favorites.</p><p>As a reminder, Emile's Fromage Montage is back and the locations are noted below. This festival food stroll features several cheese dishes from the Global Marketplaces. Pick up a Festival Passport and collect stamps by buying five of these. Once you have at least five you can head over to Shimmering Sips to get a free bonus prize. Shimmering Sips is located on the way to Canada near the Port of Entry.</p><p><strong><em>India </em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:  </strong></p><ul><li>Curry-spiced Crispy Cheese with mango-curry ketchup <strong><em>(Emile's Fromage Montage)</em></strong></li><li>Potato and Pea Samosa with coriander-lime cream <strong><em>(Plant-based) </em></strong></li><li>Chicken Tikka Masala with fennel-spiced yogurt and naan bread</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Mango Lassi (Non-alcoholic)</li><li>Taj Mahal Premium Lager</li><li>SULA Brut Tropicale Sparkling Wine</li><li>SULA Chenin Blanc</li><li>Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Chai Cream Liqueur</li><li>CORKCICLE Stemless Flute</li></ul><p><strong><em>Refreshment Outpost<br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Item: </strong></p><ul><li>Spicy Githeri with white beans, pigeon peas, curried BEN’S ORIGINAL Long Grain &amp; Wild Rice, and kachumbari slaw <strong><em>(Plant-based) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Gulf Stream Brewing Co. Cloud 9 Watermelon Hibiscus Lager <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Ciderboys Mango Tango Hard Cider<strong><em> (New)</em></strong></li><li>North Coast Brewing Co. PranQster Golden Ale <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong><em>Kenya <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Kenyan Coffee Barbecued Beef with sweet potato-corn mealie pap and kachumbari slaw <strong><em>&gt; Mike's Favorite</em></strong></li><li>Peri-Peri Skewered Shrimp with citrus-flavored couscous</li></ul><p><strong>Beverage: </strong></p><ul><li>81Bay Brewing Co. Congo Pilsner</li></ul><p><strong><em>The Alps <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with shaved ham, baby potatoes, cornichons, and baguette <strong><em>(Emile's Fromage Montage)</em></strong></li><li>Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with baby potatoes, cornichons, and baguette <strong><em>(Emile's Fromage Montage)</em></strong></li><li>Dark Chocolate Fondue with berries, pound cake, and meringues <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Stiegl Brewery Key Lime Radler</li><li>Huber Vision Grüner Veltliner</li><li>Frozen Rosé</li></ul><p><strong><em>Germany <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Schinkennudeln: Pasta gratin with ham, onions, and cheese<strong> </strong><strong><em>(Emile's Fromage Montage)</em></strong></li><li>Bratwurst on a Pretzel Roll with mustard</li><li>Apple Strudel with vanilla sauce</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Gaffel Kölsch</li><li>Weihenstephaner Festbier</li><li>Schöfferhofer Prickly Pear Hefeweizen</li><li>Selbach-Oster Riesling</li><li>Lo Alcohol-Removed Riesling <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong><em>Spain <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Charcuterie in a Cup with a selection of imported Spanish meats, cheeses, olives, and an herbed serrano vinaigrette <strong><em>(Emile's Fromage Montage)</em></strong></li><li>Paella with saffron rice, chorizo, and shrimp</li><li>Seafood Salad with shrimp, bay scallops, mussels, extra virgin olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, and smoked paprika</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Viña Borgia Macabeo White Sangria <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Viña Borgia Rosé Sangria <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Viña Borgia Garnacha Red Sangria <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Sangria Flight <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong><em>Flavors of America <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Italian Hot Beef Sandwich with shaved beef au jus and spicy giardiniera <strong><em>(New)  &gt; Mike's Pick  &gt; Amelia's pick</em></strong></li><li>Cioppino: Seafood Stew with saffron-infused tomato-fennel broth and crostini <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Chilaquiles: Corn tortilla chips tossed in salsa verde with ranchero chicken, queso fresco, cilantro-lime crema, and a soft-poached egg <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Freshly Baked Carrot Cake with walnuts and cream cheese icing</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Rogue Dreamland American Lager</li><li>Goose Island Beer Co. Neon Beer Hug</li><li>Left Hand Brewing Sawtooth Amber Ale</li><li>Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong><em>Greece <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Spanakopita</li><li>Griddled Cheese with pistachios and honey <strong><em>(Emile's Fromage Montage)</em></strong></li><li>Lamb Gyro with shaved lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, and tzatziki on warm flatbread</li><li>Plant-based IMPOSSIBLE Moussaka <strong><em>(Plant-based) (New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Mylonas Winery Assyrtiko White Wine</li><li>Skouras ‘Zoe’ Rosé</li><li>Kir-Yianni Naoussa Xinomavro Dry Red</li><li>Wine Flight</li></ul><p><strong><em>Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)<br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Grilled Kebabs with carrot-chickpea salad and garlic aïoli <ul><li>Chermoula Chicken</li><li>Moroccan-spiced Lamb</li></ul></li><li>Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce <strong><em>(Plant-based) </em></strong></li><li>Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with hummus, chermoula, and Zhoug dips <strong><em>(Plant-based)</em></strong></li><li>Pistachio Cake with cinnamon pastry cream and candied walnuts</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>3 Daughters Brewing Fig Hard Cider</li><li>Keel Farms Raspberry Citrus Hard Cider<strong> </strong><strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Peach Party Peach &amp; Blackberry Hard Cider <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Fig Cocktail with fig vodka, sparkling wine, and cranberry juice</li><li>Hard Cider Flight</li><li>CORKCICLE Stemless Flute</li></ul><p><strong><em>Belgium <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Beer-braised Beef served with gouda mashed potatoes</li><li>Belgian Waffle with warm chocolate ganache</li><li>Belgian Waffle with berry compote and whipped cream</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Belgian Chilled Coffee (Non-alcoholic)</li><li>Brasserie D’Achouffe Houblon Chouffe IPA <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Delirium Red Fruit Belgian Ale</li><li>Brewery Van Steenberge Gulden Draak Tripel Ale <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Belgian Chilled Coffee featuring ChocoLat Deluxe Salted Caramel Chocolate Liqueur</li><li>Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong><em>Brazil <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Feijoada: Black beans with pork belly, Brazil nut pesto, and Long Grain White Rice</li><li>Pão de Queijo: Brazilian cheese bread <strong><em>(Emile's Fromage Montage)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Xingu Brazilian Black Lager</li><li>Frozen C...</li></ul>
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Where to Find the Most Bizarre Food at Walt Disney World
<p>If you're looking to try the most bizarre food that's available at Walt Disney World, we share where to find the newest strange culinary offerings. Will you dare to try them? Plus where to find the seven newest Disney PhotoPass Magic Shots at Disneyland.</p><p><strong>Where to Find the Most Bizarre Food at Walt Disney World <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>A Strange New Culinary Adventure is Coming to EPCOT International Food &amp; Wine Festival (July 27 - November 18)</strong></p><p>There's a very interesting new adventure that is a must try for us...how about you?</p><p><strong><br>Flavorful Fun is Brew-Wing at Odyssey<br></strong>If you're an adventurous eater, the Brew-Wing Lab at the EPCOT Odyssey is serving up a flavorful adventure, featuring the culinary creations of Muppet Labs.</p><p>Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his faithful Muppet Labs assistant, Beaker, will welcome you to their test kitchen where they're busy creating scientific snacks and unique drinks. You can sample some of their interesting concoctions including the <em>Unnecessarily Spicy, Yet Extremely Tasty Scotch Bonnet Pepper-Curry Wings</em>, or the <em>Pickle Milkshake</em>. We can't wait to see the rest of the menu...</p><p><strong><br>Four Brand New Global Marketplaces<br></strong>Food and Wine already has 25 Global Marketplaces and later this fall the culinary team will add four more to commemorate the Disney100 celebration: Char &amp; Chop, Wine &amp; Wedge, Bubbles &amp; Brine and Swirled Showcase. We'll share more details and dates once they're announced.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>7 New Disneyland Resort Magic Shot Photo Ops with Disney PhotoPass<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Balloons (Top Pick)</strong> | <strong>Location: Disneyland Resort<br></strong>This shot features iconic Mickey Mouse Balloons and is captured at many locations throughout Disneyland and it's often available with limited-time theming for various celebrations. Right now, the balloons are themed for the Disney100 celebration. Ask a photographer if they're offering this shot at their location.</p><p><strong>Cheshire Cat (Top Pick)</strong> | <strong>Location: Mad Tea Party, Fantasyland<br></strong>The Cheshire Cat pops in to your PhotoPass photo over at the Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland.  </p><p><strong>Huey, Dewey and Louie</strong> | <strong>Location: Left of the Hyperion Theater in Hollywood Land<br></strong>Huey, Dewey and Louie appear playfully in front of you.</p><p><strong>Violet’s Force Field (Top Pick)</strong> | <strong>Location: Bridge to Pixar Pier<br></strong>Located on the bridge to Pixar Pier, this Magic Shot gets the whole family in the frame – and in Violet’s force field! This will be a great shot if the PhotoPass photographer gets it right.</p><p><strong>Porg</strong> | <strong>Location: Millennium Falcon<br></strong>Have a cute little porg standing on your arm. A classic "look surprised" PhotoPass shot.</p><p><strong>Minnie Mouse</strong> | <strong>Location: Sleeping Beauty Castle &amp; Partners statue<br></strong>Animated Minnie Mouse sits next to you with the Partners statue in the background.</p><p><strong>Buzz Lightyear and Woody</strong> | <strong>Location: Bridge to Pixar Pier<br></strong>A shot for the Toy Story fans, Buzz Lightyear and Woody flying into the frame from above and behind.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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The Best and the Worst of Walt Disney World Summer Travel Tips
<p>The Internet is full of Disney travel "experts" sharing Disney summer travel tips, so which tips are actually worth heeding and which are pure hogwash?</p><p><strong>We Searched the Web to Find the Trends in Disney World Summer Travel Tips, What we Found was Eye Opening</strong></p><p> </p><p>We compiled a range of summer travel tips for Walt Disney World to share what we think are actually tips to consider. We are not Orlando locals and we travel to Walt Disney World every summer, usually in August, sometimes in July. We know Orlando summer weather as a tourist. There's a difference here that's often overlooked and that locals don't always understand. </p><p> </p><p>This podcast is for the Disney traveler because Disney travelers who spend a week in a hotel when they visit will experience Walt Disney World in a way that locals simply do not. So advice from a local is not the same perspective as advice from a vacationing Disney traveler. It's always important to consider the source for any advice or any perspectives on any subject in life.</p><p> </p><p>With that lens in mind, let's look at the most common tips for summer travel at Walt Disney World and discuss which tips are worth considering versus those that are either commons sense for any warm climate or just worth ignoring. </p><p> </p><p>By the way, we're not naming names or websites about where these tips originated. There is a lot of crossover, but there are some thoughtful and good pieces of advice from some of them (along with many duds or common sense thinking). </p><p>We've assessed all tips using the follow scale: </p><ul><li>(N) No, not a great tip or not specific to Walt Disney World in the summer</li><li>(Y) Yes, definitely a good tip to consider </li><li>(O) Obviously, a common sense tip that most likely applies to any hot place </li><li>(M) Maybe, this isn't a tip we would follow or recommend, but there may be circumstances where it might apply to you</li></ul><p><strong>The Best and the World of Walt Disney World Summer Travel Tips</strong></p><ul><li>Pack cooling towels (N) </li><li>Buy ponchos before you go (N) <br>o   Be prepared for rain was a better way to state this (and no, you don't have to carry around a poncho or umbrella) (Y)</li><li>Stay hydrated. (O)</li><li>Find the air conditioning (O)</li><li>Arrive early and stay late (Y and N) </li><li>Take an afternoon break. (Y)<ul><li>Avoid parks during mid-day heat is a better Y</li></ul></li><li>Pack sunscreen and apply it often (O)</li><li>Do indoor attractions during the heat of the day (N) </li><li>Bring a waterproof bag (M)</li><li>Have a long lunch indoors (M) </li><li>Pack a portable fan (N)</li><li>Water Parks (Y)</li><li>Be flexible with plans (Y)</li><li>Allow time for entertainment and characters (O)</li><li>Quick dry shirts and shorts (Y)</li><li>Two pairs of shoes [or use the dryer if you're in a villa] (Y)</li></ul><p><strong>Our favorite tips, not often found on these lists:</strong></p><ul><li>Misting stations</li><li>Prepare for afternoon storms</li><li>Avoid lugging stuff around. Any of these tips that tell you to bring this or bring that are working against that. You want to be light and nimble in the heat, not bogged down with fans, towels, heavy containers and so on. That will weigh on you: literally.</li></ul><p><strong>Tips positioned as Disney World summer tips that are really anytime tips </strong></p><ul><li>Book ADRs</li><li>Plan all your pictures in the morning (not all pictures are planned)</li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Why the Latest Update to Disney Genie+ isn't the One We Really Need
<p>Disney's latest update to Genie+ isn't really big news, but it is a welcome enhancement that may signal more things to come. The good and the bad of this update for the Disney traveler, plus Rogers: The Musical top tips and more Disney travel news. </p><p><strong>Update to Disney Genie+ Service at Walt Disney World<br></strong><br></p><p>In a first baby step towards making Disney Genie+ a little more flexible, you will now have the option to purchase Genie+ for a single-park option or a new multiple-parks option. With this addition prices may be lower at some parks compared to others. Nothing else has changed. What we're all really waiting for is the ability to be able to make Genie+ reservations before the day of your visit. So while this is a welcome change, it is nothing more than a baby step with the hopes of truly bigger news still to come.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>How to Increase Your Odds of Seeing ‘Rogers: The Musical’ at Disney California Adventure Park</strong></p><p>Rogers: The Musical kicks off this week at Disney California Adventure Park and runs until August 31. With that in mind, here is the most important news you need to know as a Disney traveler.</p><p><br><strong>Joining the free virtual queue on the Disneyland app is recommended</strong></p><p>Rogers: The Musical will have several shows daily, Tuesday through Saturday most weeks during its limited-time run. You can gain access to the viewing areas for the show through a virtual queue system available only through the Disneyland app.</p><p>Each performance day, distribution for the complimentary virtual queue will start at 10:30 a.m. PT for the first two shows of the day and it will reopen at 2:00 p.m. PT for the remaining shows each day.</p><p>The virtual queue isn't mandatory, but it's highly recommended. If the virtual queue is full, you can check in at the Hyperion Theater before Rogers: The Musical begins to check for any walk-up viewing options.</p><p><strong>Dining Package for Rogers: The Musical<br></strong><br></p><p>Instead of going the virtual queue route, you can try to buy a <strong>“Rogers: The Musical” Premium Viewing</strong> <strong>Experience </strong>package for $29 per person from the Studio Catering Co. Truck in Hollywood Land. We say try because quantities are limited per performance. The package includes a “Rogers: The Musical” popcorn bucket with kettle corn and choice of bottled beverage, plus access to lounge seating before the show, priority choice of seating in the theater, a souvenir lanyard and access to a unique photo opportunity. </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Updates on San Fransokyo Square at Disney California Adventure Park<br></strong><br></p><p>Starting in mid-July, you'll be able to try some new San Fransokyo food at Lucky Fortune Cookery and the Port of San Fransokyo Cervecería. More dining options and new shopping will open through mid-August.</p><p>Here's more about what you'll be able to see and do in San Fransokyo Square.</p><p>·       Interact with Hiro and Baymax, who will say hello outside the Hamada Bot Shop. </p><p>·       Near the Hamada Bot Shop will be the San Fransokyo Maker’s Market, a store stocked with apparel, homewares and more featuring Baymax and friends. Be sure to look up to the rafters overhead to find the local battlebot champion, Hiro’s Megabot.</p><p>·       Across the way, a vending machine will dispense collectible golden medallions featuring Baymax and other images from San Fransokyo.</p><p><br>A look at some of the new San Fransokyo dining options:</p><p>Aunt Cass Café, the second bakery café operated by Hiro’s loving aunt, will serve soups in freshly-baked Boudin sourdough bread bowls and other Japanese-inspired cuisine. Watch for the mural of Aunt Cass’ lucky pet cat, Mochi on the storefront.</p><p>An old fishing net tannery across from the café is being converted to Rita’s Turbine Blenders, a giant drink dispenser offering margaritas and cold drinks. The refreshment stand is owned and named after the repair tech who maintains the floating wind turbine (a giant koi fish) that sits atop the structure.</p><p>In addition to these locations, there will be new menu items at Cocina Cucamonga and Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop as well. </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Foodie Guide to Flavors of Florida at Disney Springs</strong></p><p><br>Flavors of Florida take place in Disney Springs from July 1 to August 13 at over 30 locations.</p><p>Here is the complete menu guide to Flavors of Florida 2023 at Walt Disney World, including our top picks.</p><p><br><strong>Amorette’s Patisserie  </strong></p><ul><li>Orange Cream Puff: Choux pastry with orange craquelin filled with orange curd and honey orange gel <em>(New)</em></li><li>Orange Bird Dome Cake: Layers of Grand Marnier-soaked vanilla chiffon cake, mandarin pâte de fruit, mandarin orange cream, and white chocolate crispy pearls <em>(Available for pre-orders and cake decorating experience) (New)</em></li><li>Strawberry Spritzer: French 75 with strawberry purée in a Flavors of Florida CORKCICLE <em>(New)</em></li></ul><p><strong>The BOATHOUSE</strong></p><ul><li>Pan Roasted Golden Tilefish: Citrus escabeche, coconut ginger rice, and cilantro aïoli <em>(New)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’</strong></p><ul><li>Key West Shrimp Cocktail: Seasoned shrimp tossed with a mix of avocado, mango, cucumber, and a house-made cocktail sauce accompanied by homemade buttermilk crackers <em>(New)</em></li><li>Florida Crush Cocktail: Florida oranges and strawberries muddled with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, then topped with a splash of freshly-squeezed orange juice and agave syrup <em>(New)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Chicken Guy!</strong></p><ul><li>Sunshine Shake: A blend of hand-spun vanilla soft-serve and fresh Florida orange juice garnished with a crown of fresh whipped cream</li></ul><p><strong>City Works Eatery &amp; Pour House</strong></p><ul><li>Seared Grouper: Pan-seared grouper melds with citrus chipotle rice, Cuban spiced black bean puree, smoked watermelon pico de gallo, chili oil, and micro cilantro <em>(New)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Coca-Cola Store Rooftop Beverage Bar</strong></p><ul><li>Orange Cream Float: Mix of Coca-Cola, vanilla ice cream and an orange cream bar presented in a novelty cup you can take home for a memorable treat <em>(New) &gt; Amelia's Pick</em></li></ul><p><strong>D-Luxe Burger</strong></p><ul><li>Lime Garage Burger: Deluxe patty topped with pepper jack cheese, pork belly, and fried green tomato served with an avocado, lime, and jalapeño spread</li><li>Orange Bird Milkshake: Vanilla gelato and orange topped with sprinkles</li></ul><p><strong>Dockside Margaritas</strong></p><ul><li>Frozen Orange Daiquiri: Siesta Key Silver rum, Cointreau liqueur, orange juice, and vanilla ice cream garnished with an orange wedge <em>(New)</em></li></ul><p><strong>The Edison</strong></p><ul><li>Sunny Disposition: Florida cane vodka from St. Augustine, Florida orange liqueur, Lillet Blanc, fruity fraise de bois, and local fruits including navel oranges, Minneola tangelos, Plant City strawberries, and Indian River grapefruit <em>(New) &gt; Mike's Pick</em></li></ul><p><strong>Enzo’s Hideaway &amp; Maria &amp; Enzo’s</strong></p><ul><li>Key West Pink Shrimp Risotto: Fine Italian vialone nano rice, Key West pink shrimp, guanciale, sweet corn, herbs, and pecorino Romano <em>(New)</em></li><li>Creamsicle Coppa: Vanilla gelato, made in-house, paired with orange sorbet, whipped cream and white chocolate crunchy pearls, recreating a classic childhood favorite dessert <em>(New)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Everglazed Donuts &amp; Cold Brew</strong></p><ul><li>Citrus Dream Do...</li></ul>
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Will Disney Jollywood Nights Top Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party?
<p><strong>Walt Disney World is Launching a Brand New Christmas Holiday Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: How Will it Compare to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?<br></strong><br></p><p>We share everything you need to know about both Walt Disney World Christmas Holiday Parties, including which one you should attend if you can only attend one.</p><p><br><strong>Disney Jollywood Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios</strong></p><p><br>The glitz and glamor of a Hollywood holiday comes to life with sparkling décor, sounds of modern beats over classic holiday songs, craft cocktails and decadent holiday food. <em>Disney Jollywood Nights</em> is a brand new, separately ticketed event that will run for only 10 select nights from November 11 - December 20, 2023, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.</p><p>Disney encourages you to dress in your holiday glam best or festive flair and dance the night away to merry mashups. From unique food and bubbly spirits and cocktails, to selfies with iconic characters Jollywood Nights sounds like a very different ambiance than Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party. Plus, for an extra dose of cheer and a little retro vibe, the party will close each night with the return of the nighttime spectacular, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! featuring Prep and Landing.</p><p><strong>What will Happen at Disney’s Jollywood Nights at Hollywood Studios? </strong></p><p><br><strong>Entertainment areas inspired by different genres</strong></p><ul><li>When you enter the park for Disney Jollywood Nights, a DJ will be playing a mix of holiday tunes. Commissary Lane will come to life with a Latin Street Fair. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will host a live holiday special at Theater of the Stars with some of their Disney friends. And Hyperion Theater will host a holiday sing-along.</li><li>In one of the more interesting new experiences, Disney says you can "Encounter glitz and glamor galore at two limited-capacity entertainment experiences - a jazz lounge at The Hollywood Brown Derby and an other-worldly soiree at The Hollywood Tower Hotel Courtyard." Exactly how these will work isn't yet known.</li><li>Each night will close with Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! A nighttime spectacular in Disney style featuring music, fireworks, special effects and of course state-of-the-art projections.</li></ul><p><strong>Selfies and unique holidayphoto opportunities throughout the night</strong></p><ul><li>Pose with friends for holiday-themed Magic Shots and two new Disney PhotoPass experiences throughout the night. Complimentary digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos captured during the event are included with the price of the ticket.</li><li>Meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the rest of the iconic gang in Animation Courtyard on a set with holiday props. Meet favorite throwback friends like Powerline Max and Phineas and Ferb at Echo Lake and strike a pose with Edna Mode and one of her super friends at Pixar Place.</li></ul><p><strong>Plus, enjoy after-hours access to some of your favorite rides and coasters under the stars</strong></p><ul><li>Rides specifically mentioned include Slinky Dog Dash, Rock N’ Roller Coaster, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and more. (Star Wars: Rise of Resistance will use virtual queue during Disney Jollywood Nights.)</li></ul><p><strong>Indulge in delicious holiday tastes and sips exclusive to the party</strong></p><ul><li>Specialty food and drink will be available to buy throughout the party, including Spicy Korean Chicken on a Mini Funnel Cake, sweet delights including a colorful Christmas Tree Cookie Stack inspired by the iconic Echo Lake Christmas Tree and classic cocktails and holiday beverages.</li></ul><p><em>Disney Jollywood Nights</em> is a limited-capacity holiday event. Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can buy tickets starting June 29. Tickets for all guests go on sale July 6. </p><p>Disney's Jollywood Night Party Dates are:</p><ul><li>November: 11,18, 20, 27, 29</li><li>December: 4, 6,16,18, 20</li></ul><p><strong>The Two Big Questions:</strong></p><p><br>1.     How will the in-party limited capacity events work?</p><p>2.     What will be happening in Galaxy's Edge?</p><p><br><strong>--</strong></p><p><br><strong>How Do You Decide Between the Two Disney World Christmas Parties?</strong></p><ul><li>Classic Disney characters (MK)</li><li>Modern/contemporary Disney (DHS)</li><li>Cocktails (DHS)</li><li>Classic Christmas feeling and ambiance (MK)</li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>The Christmas Holiday Magic is Back in Disney's Magic Kingdom Park as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Returns for 2023<br></strong><br></p><p>On 25 select nights from November 9 - December 22, this separately ticketed event will welcome guests to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Magic Kingdom. Holiday magic includes the Christmas stage show, “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration”, the sparkling spectacular “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” and the merry must-see “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” You can also look forward to you favorite Magic Kingdom rides and attractions, including Tron Lightcycle / Run, which will use a virtual queue during the event.</p><p>Tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are limited and can be purchased online beginning July 6. Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can begin purchasing tickets as early as June 29 on the Walt Disney World website. </p><p>Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2023 Dates are:</p><ul><li>November 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 30</li><li>December: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22</li></ul><p><strong>--<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Enjoy All That’s Merry and Bright Across Walt Disney World<br></strong><br></p><p>Looking for more festive and Christmas holiday fun at Walt Disney World Resort?</p><p><br><strong>Another First in Magic Kingdom Park as Frozen Gets Festive</strong></p><ul><li>For the first time in forever, join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and the Snowgies in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom for Frozen Holiday Surprise, a brand new Frozen-inspired entertainment experience that will illuminate the castle in a whole new way. This new offering can be seen during regular park hours and during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. </li><li>Amidst the glowing holiday décor, a Merry Menagerie of winter animals returns to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park in the form of artisan-sculpted puppets.</li><li>EPCOT will celebrate with the return of “Candlelight Processional” during EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays beginning November 24 - December 30. Other guest-favorite traditions like spirited storytellers, joyful musical acts and performers, and Holiday Kitchens return to World Showcase this festive season.</li><li>Disney’s Hollywood Studios will once again return the yuletide projection show on The Hollywood Tower Hotel this season. In Toy Story Land, you can once again find Woody, Jessie and Buzz in their holiday outfits.</li><li>At Disney Springs, the Christmas Tree Stroll is back and it may even snow in Town Center.</li><li>Meet Santa Claus as he makes special appearances in all four parks, Disney Springs and even at a Disney Water Park, where you’ll find him dressed in his tropical holiday beachwear.</li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>New Christmas Holiday Disney Cruise Experiences for 2023<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>2023 Verry Merrytime Cruises<br></strong><br></p><p>Disney Cruise Line has two brand-new entertainment experiences, plus Disney characters dressed in jolly new looks and fun-filled activities for the whole family.</p><p><strong>New Tree Lighting Ceremony<br></strong><br></p><p>On the first night of all Very Merry...</p>
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Top Tips: Walt Disney World Summer Vacation Guide 2023
<p><strong>Top Picks for the Best of Summer Vacation at the Most Magical Place on Earth</strong></p><p> </p><p>Yes, there's heat, the rain and the fun of summer at Disney World. But what's true, what's a myth and what should you do to make your summer stay at Walt Disney World a little more fun?</p><p> </p><p>Top Picks for What to Do at Disney World in the Summer:</p><p> </p><p>·       Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park</p><p>·       Horseback Riding at Fort Wilderness</p><p>·       Kali River Rapids</p><p>·       Foot Golf at Golden Oak Golf Course</p><p>·       Outdoor patio dining at The Boathouse</p><p>·       Private Fireworks Cruise</p><p> </p><p>Remember, when visiting the parks, travel light and the skip the ponchos (you don't want to be a boil-in-bag).</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney Floral and Gifts is Shutting Down</strong></p><p> </p><p>As of August 27, 2023, Walt Disney World Resort will closing its floral and gifts operation and transfering it to a new Central Florida third-party vendor. This means you won't be able to add floral, gifts and other in-room hotel amenities to your Disney vacation booking. You can continue to use the Disney service for trips that take place on or before August 26.  </p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Changes are Coming to Downtown Disney at Disneyland<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill &amp; Patio and Beignets Expressed are Now Open</strong></p><p><br>Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen has a new look, a new name and new menu. Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill &amp; Patio, is described as "a modern, casual and fun celebration of the Gulf and Pacific coasts."</p><p><br>The new all-day menu features long-time favorites plus new selections such as Lobster &amp; Crawfish Sliders, Chile-Spiced Honey Glazed Grilled Salmon, Gumbo LA-LA filled with succulent seafood, the Grilled Open Faced Lobster BLT Po-Boy and the Reef &amp; Beef, an entrée of grilled shrimp and braised short ribs. The contemporary menu pairs with an expanded California wine list and seasonal seaside-style cocktails.</p><p> </p><p>And don't forget the beignets. Beignets Expressed is a counter-service spot serving New Orleans beignets either classically (fried and topped with heaping mounds of powdered sugar) or as specialty glazed beignets, dipped, drizzled, and sprinkled in flavor. Selections include Snickerdoodle, Fruity Crunch and Bananas Foster.</p><p><strong>New! Clyde’s Hot Chicken<br></strong><br></p><p>Clyde’s Hot Chicken is a new food cart located near the Disneyland Monorail station. It serves Nashville hot chicken on a stick, handmade fresh daily and available in three heat levels. If you want the heat, Disney says to try the Hot as Cali with cayenne and habanero spices.</p><p><strong>Coming soon to Downtown Disney: The Alley! <br></strong><br></p><p>The courtyard next to Splitsville Luxury Lanes is being transformed into a new space — The Alley — with interactive games, live music, lounge areas and seats for dining. It's a spot to relax, play games and enjoy the food and beverage offerings from Splitsville.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Disneyland vs Walt Disney World: Which Does Halloween the Best?
<p>As Disneyland releases full details for its 2023 Halloween celebrations, we discuss which Disney resort is the best when it comes to Halloween. Is Halloween better at Walt Disney World or Disneyland? This story, plus Disney's real-life Soarin' adventure is back.</p><p><strong>Disneyland Resort Announces Return of Halloween Time and Plaza de la Familia Sept. 1, Plus 2023 Oogie Boogie Bash Dates</strong></p><p><br><strong>Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort<br></strong><br></p><p>Halloween Time runs at Disneyland Resort from September 1 through October 31, 2023. </p><p>Seasonal décor and characters in their Halloween best will appear in both parks, along with the Main Street Pumpkin Festival in Disneyland park and Radiator Screams in Disney California Adventure park.</p><p><br>At Disneyland park, Jack Skellington and the crew from The Nightmare Before Christmas will once again appear in the Haunted Mansion. A themed gingerbread house will be displayed in the spooky attraction’s ballroom though Sandy Claws has kept this year’s design a secret.</p><p> </p><p>Every night through October 31, the Halloween Screams nighttime spectacular will summon supernatural projections, special effects and music on Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, Rivers of America and in front of it’s a small world. Fireworks join in on select nights, usually weekends. As a result, Wondrous Journeys is scheduled to make its final performance of the year on August 31.</p><p>At Disney California Adventure park, three attractions will undergo seasonal transformations with Halloween spins – and drops. The family-friendly Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree in Cars Land and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opt for happily hair-raising soundtracks to become Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. For the first time, resident “car-acter” Guido will sport a ghoulish “car-stume” as he welcomes guests to the Casa Della Tires.</p><p><br>Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, a scream-worthy adventure to save Groot from creatures running amok in The Collector’s Fortress.</p><p>From September 8 through November 1, Disney character-themed pumpkins will be hidden around the Downtown Disney District for Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit; with the purchase of a map from participating locations and you can commemorate your search with a collectible keepsake. Downtown Disney District will also feature fall décor, entertainment and special offerings from select locations.</p><p><strong>Plaza de la Familia and Tributes to Día de los Muertos<br></strong><br></p><p>Honoring the Mexican traditions of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the vibrant Plaza de la Familia cultural experience will bring brilliant marigolds, entertainment and family crafts to Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure park from September 1 to November 2. At Paradise Garden Grill, you can feast on menu items inspired by Mexican cuisine.</p><p>Several times per day, A Musical Celebration of Coco will present a talented company of Folklórico dancers, plus Mariachi singers and musicians, that recount Miguel’s adventure to the Land of the Dead. You can also meet Miguel, dance along to Mariachi music, add remembrance notes to the Memory Wall, and more.</p><p>Over in Cars Land, Ramone will honor Día de los Muertos at his detailing shop with an “ofrenda” celebrating the town’s good friend, Doc Hudson.</p><p>Disneyland park will pay tribute to Día de los Muertos with its traditional, vibrant display in Frontierland, adorned with marigolds and banners of papel picado.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party<br></strong><br></p><p>Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party will take over Disney California Adventure park for more nights than ever before, bringing rare characters, villains and spellbinding experiences on 25 select evenings between September 5 and October 31, 2023. Kids and trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to wear Halloween costumes for a wickedly fun evening of attractions (some of which have shorter wait times), themed food and beverages, and more. Admission to the after-hours event also includes entrance to Disney California Adventure park three hours before the party begins and unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads from the party.</p><p>Partygoers can also enjoy special offerings, such as “Mickey’s Trick and Treat” show, the “Frightfully Fun Parade” led by the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, and the immersive Villains Grove.</p><p>Tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 29 (no earlier than 9:00 a.m. PT). On June 27 (no earlier than 9:00 a.m. PT), a limited amount of Oogie Boogie Bash tickets go on pre-sale for Magic Key holders at <a href="https://Disneyland.com/OogieBoogieBash">Disneyland.com/OogieBoogieBash</a>. </p><p>Tickets for Oogie Boogie Bash are limited so don't delay if you want to go. Here are all 25 nights of the Oogie Boogie Bash: </p><p>Tuesday, September 5; <br>Thursday, September 7; <br>Sunday, September 10; <br>Tuesday, September 12; <br>Thursday, September 14; <br>Sunday, September 17; <br>Tuesday, September 19; <br>Thursday, September 21; <br>Sunday, September 24; <br>Tuesday, September 26; <br>Thursday, September 28; <br>Sunday, October 1; <br>Tuesday, October 3; <br>Thursday, October 5; <br>Sunday, October 8; <br>Tuesday, October 10; <br>Thursday, October 12; <br>Sunday, October 15; <br>Tuesday, October  17; <br>Thursday, October 19; <br>Sunday, October 22; <br>Tuesday, October 24; <br>Thursday, October 26; <br>Sunday, October 29; and <br>Tuesday, October 31, Halloween night.</p><p>Fall celebrations will be here before we know it, so start getting the autumn outfits and pumpkin spice ready!</p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure Returning in 2024<br></strong><br></p><p>Adventures by Disney has announced the return of Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure in 2024, a 24-day worldwide private jet vacation. You will have the chance to experience all 12 Disney Parks and three Disney studios, plus three iconic landmarks in India, Egypt and France. With space limited to 150 Guests across two departures, make sure you secure your client’s spot on this magical carpet ride around the world.<strong> </strong>The booking cadence will be:</p><ul><li>June 12 – Adventure Insiders with 3+ previous Adventures</li><li>June 14 – Adventure Insiders with 1-2 previous Adventures</li><li>June 16 – Golden Oak Residents and Club 33 members</li><li>June 19 – Bookings open for the general public</li></ul><p>To learn more, visit the Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure <a href="https://www.adventuresbydisney.com/around-the-world/global-jet-adventures/rates-dates/">landing page</a> for detailed itinerary and pricing information. </p><p>Prices start from $114,995</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. 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What's New for Disney Dining this Summer at Walt Disney World
<p>There are some exciting new sweet and savoury food options coming to Walt Disney World this summer. We share what to watch for and where to find it. Plus, Disneyland's Pixar Place Hotel is finally getting a full re-theme and there are some great new options coming your way.</p><p><strong>What's New for Summer Dining at Walt Disney World</strong></p><p> </p><p>If you're a Disney traveler who always likes to try the latest and greatest that Disney culinary has to offer, then listen up.</p><p>Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada pavilion at EPCOT has some interesting new dishes to try. New appetizers include the Green Onion and Garlic Canadian Cove Mussels featuring P.E.I Mussels with ramp pistou cream, and broiled ciabatta. The Mushroom Bisque soup combines morel mushrooms, potatoes, and crème fraiche. Finally, there's Jumbo Chilled Shrimp with cocktail sauce and Espelette pepper cream.</p><p>There are also two plant-based dishes: 1) Fried Cauliflower combined with Tahini espuma, pine nut brittle, and radishes. 2) Canadian Tourtière: a chickpea and mushroom pie with braised endive, snap peas, stone fruit ketchup, and plant-based demi-glace.</p><p>New entrees include the Prime Steak Tartare “Kibbeh Nayeh” with Bulgar wheat, radish, mint, and garlic aïoli, and the Grilled Scallops with caviar, zucchini fritter, patty pan squash, sweety drop pepper, and a creamy piquillo sauce.</p><p> </p><p>Over at the food courts in Disney’s All-Star Resorts, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and Disney’s Pop Century Resort, there's a new Korean-style IMPOSSIBLE Burger. It's topped with a Korean-style barbecue sauce and pickled vegetable slaw. These locations also have a plant-based chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and sprinkles.</p><p>At Disney’s Pop Century Resort, the Cuban Burger has ham, pickled pepper relish, provolone, and dijonnaise on a toasted brioche bun. The End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort has a new burger starting June 21 – the Bases Loaded Burger. This one has bacon jam, an onion ring, and beer-cheese sauce on a toasted brioche bun.</p><p>Also in the food courts at all All-Star Resorts, the Sweet Summertime Favorites is a dessert version of a summertime classic hot dog and french fries. It has chocolated sugar cookies and raspberry dipping sauce.</p><p>Want more Disney sweet treats? Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is offering two new sundaes. The Mickey Sundae is vanilla-chocolate swirl soft-serve topped with mini brownies, Mickey ears, and chocolate décor. The vanilla soft-serve Minnie Sundae has strawberry sauce, Minnie ears, a bow and chocolate décor.</p><p>In the Deli at Disney’s BoardWalk you'll find the Strawberry Shortcake Croissant Roll. This is croissant dough with strawberry filling BUT it is only available on weekends.</p><p>Gasparilla Island Grill at the Grand Floridian has a Summer Berry Shortcake. It is moist vanilla sponge, blueberry compote, strawberries, and Chantilly. </p><p>Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has a new summer Margarita Flight featuring black cherry, spicy pineapple, raspberry, and cucumber melon margaritas.</p><p>Another new cocktail is at Toledo at Coronado Springs. This is a Smoked Passion Fruit made with Agustín Blázquez Felipe II Solera Reserva Brandy, demerara syrup, passion fruit, smoked cinnamon, and a house-made frozen orange juice cube.</p><p>Tamu Tamu in Animal Kingdom Park has a new Pineapple Crisp Sundae, which combines a pineapple crisp cake with vanilla ice cream and is topped with pineapple caramel and crispy streusel topping.</p><p>The Fried Chicken Sandwich is returning to Restaurantosaurus in Animal Kingdom. This is a warm brioche bun with crispy fried chicken breast, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and a roasted garlic aïoli. And yes, it comes with fries.</p><p>Flame Tree Barbecue also has a returning fan-favorite: the Ribs, Chicken, and Pulled Pork Sampler.</p><p>And finally, if you love a good ice cream sandwich, the Dino Dig Ice Cream Sandwich has vanilla ice cream between two house-made sugar cookies with chocolate sprinkles, cookie crumbs, sugar bones, and an cute white chocolate dinosaur. </p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disneyland's Pixar Place Hotel is Finally Becoming Pixar Themed<br></strong><br></p><p>Finally, the theming of Disney’s renamed Pixar Place Hotel at Disneyland Resort is catching up to its name. </p><p>The hotel’s exterior already has a new look and now the lobby will continue to evolve over the next few months as Pixar imagery is added. </p><p>By winter, the hotel lobby will feature the classic Pixar Lamp playfully balancing atop its ball.</p><p>Later this summer, an all-new water play area inspired by Nemo and his friends will open, where Crush the sea turtle goes with the flow atop a 186-foot-long waterslide and Hank can be seen hanging out at the pop-jet splash pad.</p><p>Later in the year, a family play court will be added to the pool deck with activities inspired by Pixar’s short films. Interactive games and imaginative free play celebrate favorite friends from “La Luna,” “Bao,” “For the Birds,” and “Burrow.” And when it’s time to relax, Guests may enjoy food and drinks under the love-struck umbrellas from “The Blue Umbrella.”</p><p>After dark, the pool deck will become a great spot to watch the Disneyland Park fireworks, or just to lounge by cozy character-inspired fire pits.</p><p>In the fall of 2023, the hotel will unveil a new restaurant at the resort: Great Maple. This Southern California-based modern American eatery specializes in playful takes on upscale comfort food. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner all day, the ground-floor restaurant — with an outdoor patio — will be open to Hotel Guests, local diners and theme park visitors.</p><p>Signature dishes will include Buttermilk Fried Chicken &amp; Maple Bacon Doughnuts, Cajun Shrimp &amp; Cheddar Biscuit Benedict, and the Soda Pop-Braised Baby Back Ribs! Great Maple will also have a full bar including beer, wine and cocktails.</p><p>There will also be food and beverage service at the pool, as well as a new grab ‘n’ go coffee shop and café near the lobby, and eventually at the hotel’s new concierge lounge.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. 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Why Disney's Star Wars hotel failed, plus DVC Steamboat Willie and more
<p>As predicted, it's the end of the line for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the ill-fated Disney immersive experience. The three reasons why this failed, plus magical Steamboat Willie at the new Disneyland Hotel DVC tower and a tempting new menu for Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios.</p><p><strong>As Predicted, Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser is Done<br></strong><br></p><p>It was doomed to fail before it ever sailed, which we discussed at length most recently in Episodes 163 and 168</p><p>We now know the final voyage for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will take place Sept. 28-30, 2023.</p><p><br>While Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser was one of our most creative projects Disney has ever implemented at Walt Disney World, there were a number of epic fails that have led to its demise.</p><p>·       Bad marketing that pandered to "influencers" and turned off their upscale target guest demographic</p><p>·       An immersive experience that wasn't truly immersive, a ban on mobile devices should have been number one</p><p>·       Guest accommodations that were not of the stature they should have been. This could have been remedied while staying on theme.</p><p><br>Disney is currently contacting guests who had booked voyages to sort out how they will manage this in the time remaining</p><p>All is not lost, however. We shared several ideas for what we believe are workable solutions for this space. So we will see how things evolve over the coming months.</p><p><br>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Steamboat Willie at the Upcoming Villas at Disneyland Hotel</strong></p><p><br>Classic Disney animation is at the heart of the theming for the upcoming Disney Vacation Club property at Disneyland Hotel (opening in September).</p><p><br>As part of this, the new Palette Pool, Palm Breeze Bar, and themed splash pad will incorporate elements from Steamboat Willie.</p><p>A large model of the Steamboat Willie boat will be captained by Mickey Mouse as it comes to life with fun water play features. From the boat’s cascading waterfall, misty fog effects rising from the boat’s funnels and the variety of pop jets and fountains, it promises to be an instant classic for your little ones.</p><p><br>Thanks to a little Disney magic, after dark the Steamboat Willie splash pad will transform from black and white to vivid colors with the help of some artistic lighting.</p><p><br>For us older kids, the artist-palette-shaped pool anchored by rainbow glow of multi-colored lounge areas will be a place to relax and unwind.</p><p>Drinks and snacks will be available at the Palm Breeze Bar. This outdoor venue will feature modern decor inspired by the imaginative artistry of Disney Legend, Mary Blair (who also worked on <em>it’s a small world </em>and the murals in the Grand Canyon Concourse at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort Hotel).</p><p><br>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>New Seasonal Menu at The Hollywood Brown Derby</strong></p><p><br>Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios recently launched a new seasonal menu. Will this help to elevate this Signature Dining to a level that it has never really reached?</p><p><br>New starters include the Crab Louie, which features crispy olive bread, citrus blend, fried capers and Louie sauce. There's also Shrimp Cocktail topped with shaved fennel cucumbers and a traditional cocktail sauce.</p><p><br>For cheese lovers, the Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad combines shaved onions, Thai basil, gremolata, and a delicious citrus vinaigrette, while the Charcuterie Board features the Chef’s selection of cured meats, cheeses, and accompaniments.</p><p><br>An Escargot app is accompanied by roasted garlic béchamel and crispy prosciutto and the Roasted Bone Marrow is composed of braised beef, pickled mustard seeds and a fig bread crostini. </p><p>The entrée menu includes a classic Filet Mignon with glazed carrots, potato pave, horseradish cream and a peppercorn sauce. The Lamb Shank comes with summer vegetables, harissa vinaigrette, and nasturtium chermoula.</p><p> </p><p>The new Free-Range Chicken and Dumplings dish features a lemon-ricotta Gnudi, shishito cream, and a gooseberry jus. If pork is your thing, the recently added Grilled Pork comes with a lavender-sage polenta and local corn salsa, complete with a huckleberry barbecue sauce.</p><p> </p><p>On the seafood side, the Sustainable Fish dish has a white bean ragout, derby summer vegetables, and roasted tomato emulsion. The Seafood Cioppino brings together shrimp, sea scallops, seasonal fish, mussels, a toasted baguette and aromatic tomato broth.</p><p> </p><p>Finally, there's even a classic comfort dish in the Shepherd’s Pie. This combines roasted garlic mashed potatoes, mushrooms, peas, corn, and carrot Romesco and it's plant-based.</p><p>Disney notes that the Cobb Salad and Grapefruit Cake are both still on the menu.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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New EPCOT Restaurant plus Top 10 Disney Dining Picks Summer 2023
<p>A new restaurant is opening at EPCOT, plus we share the top 10 Walt Disney World table service restaurants for Summer 2023 and a look at who's playing at this year's Eat to the Beat music festival at EPCOT.</p><p><strong>New Restaurant Coming to the Japan Pavilion at EPCOT<br></strong><br></p><p>Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya will be a table-service restaurant offering a festive dining experience in a sharable Izakaya-style. It replaces Tokyo Dining and will be located on the second floor of the Japan pavilion.</p><p><br>The theme here is to experience Japan's seasonal festivals, so each month will bring a new celebration to the table. From hanging <em>tanzaku</em> to celebrate Tanabata in July to savoring moon-viewing dumplings in September, a cultural representative from Japan will guide guests through each unique festival experience, one bite at a time. The atmosphere also embraces the festivals of Japan, with the atmosphere featuring beautiful, hand painted artwork and lanterns highlighting some of the natural wonders that Japan offers as well. Each and every visit is designed to create unforgettable memories that capture the spirit of Japan's vibrant seasonal festivities.</p><p>In addition to a full menu of sushi and teppan items, there will be an open sushi bar and grill. Sushi lovers will see sushi being made by the chefs when sitting at the sushi bar. </p><p>The menu is designed to appeal to both sushi newbies and sushi aficionados. </p><p>Don't like sushi? Don't worry as the grill will also be serving up specialties commonly found in Japanese cuisine. Among the grilled items to enjoy, <strong>Okonomiyaki</strong> is a Japanese savory pancake is made with a batter of flour, eggs, and water, and then filled with shredded cabbage and bacon, and topped with tangy okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, aonori, bonito flakes, and pickled ginger.</p><p>Welcome to EPCOT, Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya. We hope everyone is as excited as we are for this new location to open its doors this summer!</p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Top 10 Picks for Walt Disney World Dining Summer 2023</strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya (EPCOT)</strong></p><p>This brand-new dining experience is a must-try.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Takumi Tei (EPCOT)</strong></p><p>If you want a fine dining experience, Takumi Tei is a top pick and a great AC relief sheltered from the buzz of the outside world.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Narcoossee's (Disney's Grand Floridian Resort)</strong></p><p>Newly reopened, Narcoossee's aims to reclaim its former glory. You make the call.</p><p> </p><p><strong>The Boathouse (Disney Springs)</strong></p><p>A staple for any Disney World vacation, The Boathouse shines during the summer months and you have your choice of indoors or outdoors.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Cinderella's Royal Table (Magic Kingdom)</strong></p><p>Summertime in the Kingdom; what's not to love? If you want a character experience with great food options, this one is hard to beat.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Le Cellier (EPCOT)</strong></p><p>Looking to beat the summer heat? Le Cellier is a perennial classic and a great spot to enjoy an upscale meal.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Topolino's Terrace (Disney's Riviera Resort)</strong></p><p>Whether it's the character breakfast or the fine dinner experience, this is a great summer dining location.</p><p> </p><p><strong>California Grill (Disney's Contemporary Resort)</strong></p><p>Not only is the food excellent here, but the view from the top of the Contemporary is an added bonus--even when a summer storm is rolling in.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (EPCOT)</strong></p><p>For a little Italian-style pizza in a courtyard setting, Via Napoli makes a great summertime stop.</p><p><strong>Grand Floridian Cafe (Disney's Grand Floridian Resort)</strong></p><p>Casual table service dining in an upscale environment, with something for everyone. The perfect pick for summer casual elegance.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>2023 Eat to the Beat Concert Series at EPCOT</strong></p><p><br>The Eat to the Beat Concert Series kicks-off on July 27. Here is a first look at the lineup coming to the America Gardens Theatre at EPCOT!</p><p>In addition to the headline acts, local bands will take the stage Tuesday through Thursday. Visit TasteEPCOT.com for more information.</p><p><br><strong><em>July</em></strong></p><p><br>28-29 – Orianthi (NEW)<br>July 30-31 - For King &amp; Country (NEW)</p><p><br><strong><em>August</em></strong></p><p><br>4-5 – Southern Avenue<br>6-7 - Tiffany<br>11-12 – Ruben Studdard with Haley Reinhart<br>13-14 – The Bacon Brothers (NEW)<br>18-21 – Joey Fatone &amp; Friends<br>25-26 – Ayron Jones (NEW)<br>27-28 – Phillip Phillips (NEW)</p><p><strong><em>September</em></strong></p><p>1-2 – Baha Men<br>3-4 – MercyMe<br>8-9 – Ray Parker Jr.<br>10-11 - Tobymac<br>15 – Celebrity Latin Talent<br>16 – Celebrity Latin Talent<br>17-18 – Raul Acosta and Oro Solido (NEW)<br>22-23 – Los Amigos Invisibles<br>24-25 - 98°</p><p><strong><em>October</em></strong></p><p>29 – October 2 – Boyz II Men<br>6-7 – Mark Wills<br>8-9 – Sugar Ray<br>13-14 - Hoobastank<br>15-16 – Air Supply<br>20-21 – Taylor Dayne<br>22-23 – Billy Ocean<br>27-30 - Hanson</p><p><strong><em>November</em></strong></p><p>3-4 – We The Kings (NEW)<br>5-6 – Sheila E.<br>10-11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy<br>12-13 – 38 Special</p><p>Beginning July 6, you can secure your spot for these performances with an Eat to the Beat Dining Package. Visit TasteEPCOT.com. </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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The Long Awaited News from Disney World: Who Wins and Who Loses
<p>Disney just announced major changes for Park Pass, Genie+, Lightning Lane, Disney Dining Plan and more for Walt Disney World 2024. We discuss who wins and who loses among Disney travelers at Walt Disney World in 2024 (and even some good news for right now). Plus, this week we cover what it all means for you, including Guardians of the Galaxy movie tie-ins, new Adventures by Disney options and more from Star Wars, Encanto, Soul and beyond.</p><p><strong>2024 is Going to Be a Good Year at Walt Disney World (for most travelers, but not all)<br></strong><br>You can start booking 2023 Disney World vacations on May 31, 2023 and there's a lot to look forward to next year. Here's a sneak peek at what to expect:</p><p><strong><em>No More Theme Park Reservations!</em></strong><strong><br></strong>As of January 9, 2024, if you have a date-based ticket, you won't need to make theme park reservations.</p><p><strong><em>Annual Passholders will Still Need Park Reservations...but not always.</em></strong><strong><br></strong>It gets more complicated for Disney World Annual Passholders. Disney plans to offer what they're calling "good-to-go" days with means AP holders won't need park reservations for select days. This will be in addition to the recent update that offers Passholders the opportunity to visit the theme parks after 2:00 p.m. without needing a park reservation, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom Park. “Good-to-go” days may vary by park, and pass block out dates and capacity limitations continue to apply like they do today. Please stay tuned for more details on “good-to-go” days. This is a step in the right direction for local AP holders, but doesn't help you much at all if you are an out-of-state WDW AP holder who books weekly vacations multiple times a year. It looks like those of us in this boat will be stuck with Park Pass for the foreseeable future.<br> <br><strong><em>The Disney Dining Plan is Back</em></strong><strong><br></strong>Disney dining plans will be coming back as an option for guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels who purchase a vacation package with Disney for stays starting January 9, 2024.</p><p><strong><em>Genie+ Bookings Will Be Bookable in Advance</em></strong><br>No details yet, but Disney has announced they're working on allowing us to make Genie+ and Lightning Lane bookings in advance of the day of. It might now be 60 days out like FastPass, but any advance booking potential is a good thing in our view.</p><p><strong><em>Deluxe Resort Room Categories will Be Simplified</em></strong><br>To make it easier to book Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort Rooms, there will be a consistent three categories across all hotels: Resort View, Water View, Theme Park View. Not sure what will be the water view at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge...maybe only two categories there.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Coming to Disney Parks<br></strong><br></p><p>With the release of GOTG Volume 3, there are a few limited-time experiences coming toa Disney parks</p><p><br><strong>Disney California Adventure Park </strong></p><p>For a limited time, Mantis is joining Star-Lord at Avengers Campus for “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” The celestial siblings will get their groove on in front of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, as they recruit those of you with the right skills to join their band of heroes.</p><p><br><strong>EPCOT</strong></p><p>Connections Café is offering Perfect Sovereign Waffle Bites topped with a red berry dipping sauce. You can also try a Guardians of the Galaxy Cookie at the Mission: SPACE Popcorn Cart, next to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Adventures by Disney is heading to Colombia for a little Encanto inspiration</strong></p><p><br><strong>A New Adventure to Bogota, the Coffee Region, Cocora Valley and Cartagena </strong></p><p>Highlights of this eight-day, seven-night itinerary in 2024 include: </p><ul><li>Visiting the capital city of Bogota, with private guided tours of the Paloquemao Market and Historic City Center. </li><li>Enjoying Colombian coffee and visiting a coffee farm in the Coffee Region to see the process for growing and harvesting coffee beans. The nearby town of Salento is part of the inspiration for the setting of “Encanto,” and the Cocora Valley features the tall, towering wax palms and butterflies depicted in the film.  </li><li>Experiencing a hands-on arepa-making class, a traditional Latin American dish showcased in “Encanto” by Mirabel's mother Julieta. </li><li>Playing the country’s national sport of tejo, as seen in the movie. </li><li>Exploring the city of Cartagena, which inspired the film’s colorful architecture and fabrics. Central to “Encanto” is the Afro-Caribbean influence, prominent in this city.  </li><li>Trekking the dry forest near Proyecto Titi, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the cotton-top tamarins, a project supported by the Disney Conservation Fund. It was Colombia’s rich biodiversity that inspired the magical ability of the “Encanto” character Antonio, who has the power to communicate with animals. </li><li>Snorkeling among the Rosario Islands, a collection of 27 islands home to more than 1,300 species of marine animals, vibrantly colored fish and plants.  </li></ul><p>Each travel party booked on the inaugural 2024 Adventures will receive a signed lithograph of never-before-released artwork from Walt Disney Animation Studios. </p><p>For a complete itinerary and list of activities, visit <a href="https://www.adventuresbydisney.com/central-south-america/colombia-vacations/">Colombia Land Adventure</a>. </p><p><strong>A New Adventure to Canada’s Maritimes of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island </strong> </p><p>Also in 2024 you can enjoy Canada’s Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The eight-day, seven-night adventure includes:  </p><ul><li>Visiting an authentic maple syrup farm in Nova Scotia, learning about tree tapping and the process that brings syrup from tree to table, including samples of course. </li><li>Discovering the Wood Island Lighthouse and being at the heart of the Island’s maritime heritage. The Lighthouse has served the community for more than 150 years, and here Junior Adventurers will enjoy their own special kite-making and flying activity as the breeze comes off the sea.  </li><li>Exploring Avonlea Village, the fictitious community central to the Anne of Green Gables stories, and enjoying tea with a descendent of author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s family. </li><li>Learning about the indigenous Mi’kmaq Peoples during a visit to the Millbrook Cultural Heritage Centre and gaining first-hand understanding of their Talking Stick sacred practice. </li><li>Enjoying outdoor activities such as walking on the low-tide ocean floor at the Bay of Fundy, an onboard fisherman’s feast, horseback riding, a starlight bonfire, biking, canoeing and kayaking.  </li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>New Star Wars Photo Ops at Disney’s Hollywood Studios<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>New Holopuck Magic Shots</strong></p><p>Located deep in the Outer Rim near Wild Space, the remote planet of Batuu has become a thriving destination for scoundrels and smugglers, luring bounty hunters from across the galaxy. Select Image Scanners (known on our planet as Disney PhotoPass photographers) can offer a holopuck that will reveal the details of your next target.</p><p><strong>BB-8 Magic Shot</strong></p><p>You may just find BB8 showing up in your PhotoPass image.</p><p><strong>Darksaber </strong></p><p>Created more than a thousand years ago by Tarre Vizsla (the first Mandalorian to become a Jedi Knight), the Darksaber is an ancient weapon with...</p>
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How to Celebrate Disney100 at Disney World, Plus Disney Cruise at 25
<p>Disney100 is underway at Walt Disney World and there a ton of different ways to join in the celebrations. This story, plus Disney Cruise Line at 25 and we discuss whether Disney is overdoing it with the anniversary celebrations for just about everything.</p><p><strong>How to Celebrate Disney100 at Walt Disney World Resort <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>But is Disney Becoming Oversaturated with Anniversary Celebrations?<br></strong><br></p><p>As the Walt Disney Company celebrates its 100th birthday, they've created a few ways to mark the occasion at Walt Disney World</p><p><br><strong>See Mickey and Minnie in their Platinum Best</strong> <br> <br> EPCOT is the center of the Disney100 celebration at Walt Disney World and things will ramp later this year during the Disney100 celebration when the park overhaul is completed. As part of this, Mickey and Minnie will be available for meet and greets in their platinum attire.</p><p><br><strong>Admire Special Spaceship Earth Lighting</strong> </p><p>Spaceship Earth has some new lighting effects for Disney100.</p><p>This will include visuals from the Disney Company history, including character icons, park imagery and the Disney100 logo, all appearing in the Spaceship Earth lighting. Watch for the Wonderful World of Disney TV show opening and the Mickey-shaped balloons sold on Main Street U.S.A.</p><p><strong>Disney100 Selfies</strong> </p><p>Disney100 selfie backdrops will be in place in all four theme parks and Disney Springs.<strong> </strong> </p><p><strong>Surprise Character Visits at Disney Resort Hotels <br></strong><br></p><p>As the Disney100 celebration comes to life, watch for surprise visits from Disney characters at Walt Disney World hotels. They'll be wearing their special platinum outfits.</p><p><strong>Celebrate With New Food and Drinks</strong> </p><p>As of May 1, Disney100 treats have starting appearing, including the Petite Cake for a limited time at Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs. This has layers of vanilla chiffon, berry mousse and berry compote, all topped with a celebratory Disney100 Medallion macaron.</p><p>“The inspiration of this cake pulls from the rich purple and platinum colors used for the Disney100 celebration,” Chef Amanda shared. “The drapery on the sides of the cake represents the traditional bunting that adorns Main Street, U.S.A. for special occasions. And of course, Mickey Mouse is proudly represented on the front of the cake because as we all know: ‘It all started with a mouse.’”</p><p>This is the first on many Disney100 food items that will appear all over Walt Disney World.</p><p><strong>Find the Perfect Disney100 Souvenir </strong> </p><p>Disney100 merchandise is already available at Walt Disney World and the Cinderella Premium Bucket is coming back, this time with a Disney100 makeover that will be exclusive to Magic Kingdom. Stay tuned for more on when this one will debut. </p><p>--</p><p><strong>New Entertainment Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios<br></strong><br></p><p>As of May 14, The Edna Mode Experience returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios as part of a reimagined Pixar Place. Here you’ll find Edna, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, Frozone, and Sulley from Monsters, Inc.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Disney Cruise Line Creates Treats and Drinks for its 25th Anniversary Celebration<br></strong><br></p><p>2023 is the 25th anniversary of Disney Cruise Line and to celebrate the entire fleet has special treats and drinks inspired by the Silver Anniversary at Sea. These will be available from May through September.</p><p>The <strong>25th Disney Cruise Line Cupcake</strong> is a vanilla sponge cake topped with vanilla frosting, 25th chocolate décor and shimmering sprinkles. If you love chocolate and candy, the <strong>Mickey Chocolate Sphere</strong> features the 25th emblem and is filled with a variety of candy pieces. Crack it open and treat yourself.</p><p>At both Cabana’s and Marceline’s Market locations, two of the desserts will be getting a Silver Anniversary at Sea upgrade. The <strong>3 Layer Carrot Cake</strong> with lemon frosting will be adding 25th chocolate décor and the <strong>Disney Cruise Line Anniversary Chocolate Marquise</strong> will feature rich chocolate truffle crème topped with the 25th chocolate décor as well.</p><p>At the concierge lounge, the <strong>Chocolate Cream Cookie </strong>has a dulce de leche filling inside a rich dark chocolate cookie and is decorated with the Silver Anniversary at Sea logo plus the signature shimmering sprinkles. Also in concierge, the <strong>Celebration Cupcake </strong>tops a red velvet sponge cake with vanilla frosting, shimmering sprinkles and 25th chocolate décor.</p><p>Captain Minnie is joining the anniversary festivities with the <strong>Vanilla Crisped Rice Treat </strong>offered at all Cove Café locations. </p><p>Last but certainly not least, <strong>signature desserts</strong> throughout the entire fleet will be enhanced with the addition of a special 25th chocolate piece to their already picturesque presentation. At Palo, the classic <strong>Chocolate Soufflé </strong>with double chocolate sauce, vanilla crème anglaise, and vanilla bean gelato will also have a chocolate 25th anniversary piece.</p><p>Special bottles of Coca-Cola will be decked out in Disney Cruise Line Silver Anniversary at Sea décor. For the 21+ crown, the signature <strong>Jubilee by the Sea</strong> cocktail combines 818 Blanco Tequilla, Luxardo Marashino, and fresh lemon juice with a sparkly, silver dusting and a shimmering blue sugar rim. You'll also get a keepsake bookmark showing how to make this cocktail at home.</p><p>For purchase, there will be a <strong>Specialty Coffee Mug</strong> with a unique anniversary design featuring the Disney Cruise Line fleet and Mickey Mouse himself. Beer drinkers out there can bring home the <strong>25th Anniversary Beer Mug </strong>etched with the anniversary logo.</p><p>And finally, you'll be able to purchase the <strong>Silver Anniversary at Sea Popcorn Bucket</strong> showcasing 25 years of Disney Ships.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Fort Wilderness Goes DVC, plus 2023 Halloween Party News and Tips
<p>Disney is converting the Cabins at Fort Wilderness to Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Villas. What will this mean for DVC Members and Fort Wilderness guests? This story, plus the first look at the the 2023 edition of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (including some insider tips).</p><p><strong>Fort Wilderness Cabins being re-imagined and converted to DVC Resort Offering<br></strong><br></p><p>In an unexpected move, Walt Disney World Resort announced plans to refresh the cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort &amp; Campground and convert them into DVC properties.</p><p><br>The proposed plans call for more than 350 new cabins across all 750 acres to replace the existing cabins. The new cabins would use the existing footprint and take advantage of energy-efficient features.</p><p>There is a lot to unpack in this story. We discuss many questions, including how will Disney manage having a Moderate property as a Deluxe Villa? Will additional amenities be added to keep in line with DVC standards? Will the cabins located close to the Settlement Trading Post remain, or will they be removed and only the cabin neighborhoods be converted? This and more in this episode of the show.</p><p><br>Design concepts shared by Disney show what Disney calls "a fresh take on the current cabin experience ... while also paying homage to the resort’s unique culture and heritage through the magic of Disney storytelling." The design has received mixed reviews. The one-bedroom cabins sleep up to six adults, and feature a bathroom, living room, full kitchen and private patio. A select number of cabins are also expected to be dog-friendly. </p><p>In our view, the design concepts shared by Disney do not fill well in Fort Wilderness. They look more like sheds than cabins and are far too modern for the theming of this property.</p><p>As with all Disney Vacation Club resorts, the cabins would continue to be open for reservations to all guests, based on availability.</p><p>The planned cabins are part of a collection of improvement projects underway at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort &amp; Campground that are designed to enhance the guest experience. Examples include proposed pool and walking trail enhancements as well as new expanded dining experiences at Trail’s End Restaurant and Crockett’s Tavern, with more exciting news to come.</p><p>The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – A Disney Vacation Club Resort is projected to open in 2024 and would be the 17th Disney Vacation Club resort. As always, more details will follow and we will share them here at that time. </p><p><strong>Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns to Walt Disney World from August 11 to November 1<br></strong><br></p><p>Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will return to Magic Kingdom Park on August 11 -- one of its earliest kick-offs yet. </p><p>MNSSHP features Halloween entertainment, Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best and more. This is a limited capacity, ticketed nighttime event that starts at 7 p.m. and allows guests to experience potentially shorter wait times on attractions, themed food and drinks and more. </p><p>When Do <strong>Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets Go on Sale?<br></strong><br></p><p>If you have a reservation booked at one of the select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, or Shades of Green, you can buy tickets starting April 27, 2023. Tickets for everyone else will go on sale on May 2. </p><p><br><strong>Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party </strong>Dates are:</p><p>August: 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29</p><p>September: 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29</p><p>October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31</p><p>November: 1</p><p><strong>Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Ticket Prices and Discounts<br></strong><br></p><p>Tickets for MNSSHP range in price from <strong>$109.00 to $199.00 for adults</strong> and from <strong>$99.00 to $189.00 for kids aged 3-9, depending on the night</strong>. It is generally more expensive closer to Halloween. Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Members and Annual Passholders will get a $10.00 per ticket discount on select nights.</p><p><strong>Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade <br></strong><br></p><p>Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade is an event highlight where Disney villains stride down Main Street, U.S.A. (alongside Disney heroes) and other Disney characters. Disney has hinted at some new faces this year.</p><p><strong>The Nighttime Fireworks Show is Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular<br></strong><br></p><p>Jack Skellington hosts Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, which features projections, special effects and lighting paired with fireworks, music and Disney characters.</p><p><strong>Trick-or-Treat for Bags of Candy and Sweets<br></strong><br></p><p>Trick-or-treat locations are located throughout Magic Kingdom Park and you can load up on name brand candy and chocolate. Disney supplies the bag (but you may want a bigger one if you plan to go all out). </p><p><strong>The Sanderson Sisters are Back<br></strong><br></p><p>The Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus are back for an adventure to summon the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion during the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show at Cinderella Castle.</p><p>During the party, you will have the opportunity to experience attractions including Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and TRON Lightcycle / Run. In a new move, TRON Lightcycle / Run will use a virtual queue* during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, allowing guests to enjoy all the festivities while they wait to enter the Grid. More details to follow on that. </p><p>*V<em>irtual queues are limited and subject to availability, times are subject to change, and joining a virtual queue does not guarantee entrance to any experience.</em></p><p>---</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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New Photo Sessions in Magic Kingdom, Plus Food & Wine News and More
<p>New photo session options with Capture Your Moment in Magic Kingdom Park; is it worth it? Plus, the first news about the 2023 EPCOT Food &amp; Wine Festival; an update coming for Star Tours; Rogers the Musical is happening; and an update on Tiana's Bayou Adventure.</p><p><strong>EPCOT International Food &amp; Wine Festival Kicks off on July 27<br></strong><br></p><p>The 2023 edition will run from July 27 through November 18. Depending on when you attend, the festival will be different. 25 Global Marketplaces will include returning favorites, plus several new additions that will change as the festival turns from summer to fall.</p><p><br>Highlights of the 2023 EPCOT Food &amp; Wine Festival include:</p><ul><li>Emile’s Fromage Montage: Try any five cheese dishes listed in the Festival Passport, collect the stamps and then head to Shimmering Sips to get a free sweet treat unique to the festival.</li><li>Remy’s <em>Ratatouille </em>Hide &amp; Squeak: a <em>Ratatouille</em>-inspired adventure where you search for Remy throughout World Showcase and the Global Marketplaces.</li><li>And just in time for Halloween: take part in Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit, a special pumpkin scavenger hunt running from September 29 through October 31.</li></ul><p>Eat to the Beat Concerts will be back and we will share line-up details once they're released. Check for more festival news any time at <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/">TasteEPCOT.com</a>. </p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>NEW Capture Your Moment Photo Sessions Coming to Magic Kingdom</strong></p><p><br>Capture Your Moment is a Disney PhotoPass product that offers a 20-minute personalized photo session with a Disney PhotoPass photographer in any Disney World Park you choose. </p><p><br>Magic Kingdom photo session locations have included Main Street, U.S.A. and around Cinderella Castle. Now they've added a new Capture Your Moment experience in Fantasyland, starting on May 1.</p><p><br>New locations include the back of Cinderella Castle, Prince Charming Regal Carousel, Rapunzel’s tower, Prince Eric’s castle, Storybook Circus, Belle and Maurice’s cottage, outside of Beast’s castle, around Mad Tea Party and more. Entrance to the rides or attractions in any of these locations is not part of the photo service. You are guaranteed one photo location per session, but if you act quickly, it is possible to visit a few locations to take photos within your time slot. Check-in for this experience is at Sir Mickey’s (just behind Cinderella Castle) where a photographer will help you choose a photo prop and the location(s) you want to use. </p><p>Disney also noted you may even be able to visit a location beyond Fantasyland to capture photos, such as the Haunted Mansion or other spots in Liberty Square. Ask your photographer about available options and how long they'd have to capture photos at these locations.</p><p>Each Capture Your Moment session is $99.00 and can include a maximum of eight guests. Photos are not included in the price of a session. If you have a Disney PhotoPass entitlement such as Memory Maker or Memory Maker One Day, as well as qualifying Annual Passholders with a Disney PhotoPass download benefit, can download the photos taken during Capture Your Moment at no extra cost. You can also opt to purchase photos individually.</p><p>Bookings for Capture Your Moment in Fantasyland will open on April 24, with sessions offered daily starting May 1. Bookings can be made up to 60 days in advance, and advance reservations are strongly recommended. A limited number of same-day reservations may be available; so check the My Disney Experience app for availability.</p><p>If you want to do Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique before a Capture Your Moment session in Fantasyland, Disney recommends booking a photo session to begin at least two hours after the start of the boutique time.</p><p>--</p><p><br></p><p><strong>‘Rogers: The Musical’ to Premiere June 30 for a Limited Time at Disney California Adventure Park<br></strong><br></p><p>In the first episode of “Hawkeye,” viewers saw a Broadway musical featuring the life of Steve Rogers, Captain America. Disney has now officially announced that a real-life one-act musical theater production of “Rogers: The Musical” will hit the stage at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park for a limited-time engagement, starting June 30, 2023. </p><p>The production features a cast of singers and dancers telling the story of Steve Rogers joined by Peggy Carter, Nick Fury and select members of the Avengers. The musical will take us on a journey from Steve’s humble beginnings during World War II to becoming Captain America, leading the Avengers and beyond. </p><p>Music will include “Save the City,” from the Disney+ series “Hawkeye”; “Star Spangled Man” from the film “Captain America: The First Avenger”; plus, five new original songs written just for “Rogers: The Musical” at the Disneyland Resort.</p><p>“Rogers: The Musical” is a 30 minute show that will take place from Tuesday through Saturday most weeks. More details as the date draws closer.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Mama Odie to Make a Big Appearance in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure<br></strong><br></p><p>New ride renderings released by Disney show Mama Odie joking with guests along the journey after a special display of her magic. The two-hundred-year-old Bayou Fairy Godmother, with her eccentric belongings and “seeing eye snake” Juju, is comically eccentric (yet wise and all-knowing) throughout the adventure. Actress Jenifer Lewis, who voiced Mama Odie in “The Princess and the Frog,<em>”</em> is returning to her role for the attraction.</p><p> </p><p>To make room for this new magic, Splash Mountain at Disneyland park will be closed starting May 31, 2023, so we can begin the next phase of development for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Star Tours Sets Course for New Adventures in 2024<br></strong><br></p><p>In 2024, Disney will (finally) be adding more stories and characters to Star Tours at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California. It has been awhile since significant updates have occurred. Will we now see the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda (aka Grogu) onboard?</p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and...</p>
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The Walt Disney World Annual Pass Episode: Is a Pass Worth it?
<p>The complete guide to Walt Disney World Annual Passes, including real-life costs and break-even points so you can decider whether it's worth it to buy a Disney World Annual Pass. This story plus DisneyBand+ versus MagicBand+ and what's the difference?</p><p><strong>The Walt Disney World Annual Pass Episode </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Everything you Want to Know About Annual Passes Before AP Sales Return to Walt Disney World<br></strong><br></p><p>New sales of the Disney Incredi-Pass, Disney Sorcerer Pass and Disney Pirate Pass start on April 20. Quantities will be limited and passes may become unavailable at any time.</p><p><br>Eligible DVC Members will have the opportunity to purchase the DVC Disney Sorcerer Pass starting April 13 as part of DVC Membership Magic benefits.</p><p><br>Passholder benefits: Passholders get access to select Disney PhotoPass benefits (age restrictions apply) and (as of April 18) can visit the parks after 2:00 p.m. without needing a park reservation -- except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom Park. Pass blockout dates continue to apply for certain passes.</p><p><br>This is the first time Walt Disney World annual passes will be available for general purchase since sales of all but the Florida residents pass were suspended in November 2021.</p><p><br>Prices for the Walt Disney World Annual Passes are:</p><ul><li><strong>Incredi-Pass:</strong> $1,399</li><li><strong>Sorcerer Pass:</strong> $969</li><li><strong>Pirate Pass:</strong> $749</li><li><strong>Pixie Dust</strong> <strong>Pass:</strong> $399</li><li>Add ons: $99 for unlimited PhotoPass downloads; $99 for Water Parks and Sports option</li></ul><p>All passes include free standard theme park parking and discounts on select dining and merchandise.</p><p><strong>Disney Pixie Dust Pass ($399)</strong></p><p>- Florida Residents Only<br> - Use it on "most" <strong>weekdays</strong>, subject to blockout dates, including peak and holiday periods. </p><p>- You can have a max of three park reservations at a time (unless you have a Disney hotel reservation, then it's length of stay).</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney Pirate Pass ($749)</strong></p><p>- Florida Residents Only</p><p>- Use it on "most" <strong>days</strong>, subject to blockout dates, including peak and holiday periods. </p><p>- Max of four park reservations at a time (with a Disney hotel reservation, it's for length of stay).</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney Sorcerer Pass ($969)</strong></p><p>- Florida Residents and <em>eligible</em> DVC Members</p><p>- Use it on "most" <strong>days</strong>, subject to blockout dates <strong>on select days</strong> during <strong>select</strong> holiday periods </p><p>- Max of five park reservations at a time (with a Disney hotel reservation, it's for length of stay).</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney Incredi-Pass ($1399)</strong></p><p>- Open to all guests</p><p>- No blockout dates</p><p>- Max of five park reservations at a time (with a Disney hotel reservation, it's for length of stay).</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Is a Walt Disney World Annual Pass Worth it? Let's Do the Math</strong></p><p><br>Using our real-life example from Spring 2023, the cost of Disney Parks Tickets (Park Hopper Plus) ages 10+ and valid any 8 days was <strong>$800.66. </strong>Looking at the costs above, that means that if you generally travel to Walt Disney World for approximately 10 days in a year (or more), then the Disney Sorcerer Pass is worth it (if you qualify). If you generally travel to Walt Disney World for approximately 14 days in a year (or more), then the Disney Incredi-Pass is worth it.</p><p>--</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>DisneyBand+ Wearable Technology is coming to Disney Cruise Line: Is this Just a DCL-branded MagicBand+?<br></strong><br></p><p>DisneyBand+ is coming to Disney Cruise Line, starting with a preview on select Disney Wish sailings before it officially debuts.</p><p>With DisneyBand+, you will be able to take advantage of hands-free conveniences for the first time on a Disney cruise. With three Disney Cruise Line-exclusive designs to choose from, DisneyBand+ is a new accessory for a Disney cruise vacation.</p><p><br><em>What Does DisneyBand+ Do?</em></p><p>DisneyBand+ will allow you to unlock your stateroom door and charge to your payment card on your stateroom folio. </p><p> </p><p>Children aged 3 and up can use their bands (instead of the Oceaneer Club Band) to access kids’ clubs while onboard the ship and at Scuttle’s Cove, Castaway Cay.</p><p> </p><p>Onboard photographers around the ship will tap your DisneyBand+ to link photos to your stateroom, making it easier to view and purchase photos during their cruise.</p><p>DisneyBand+ will also allow you to uncover surprises throughout the cruise, so watch for extra moments of magic. </p><p>The big question is, isn't this just a MagicBand+ with Disney Cruise Line designs?</p><p> </p><p>While we don't know for certain, the answer appears to be yet. </p><p> </p><p>In the FAQ, DIsney states: "Your Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort MagicBand+ can be used as a DisneyBand+ during select Disney Cruise Line sailings." Plus, Disney also notes that you can use a DisneyBand+ for Walt Disney World and Disneyland hotels and theme parks.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Is Disneyland Paris following Walt Disney World's Lead with APs?
<p>Is Disneyland Paris following Walt Disney World's lead with annual passes? Plus, Disney Cruise Line sets up port in Singapore and Disney World tells you why you should visit this summer.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disneyland Paris is Pausing Annual Pass Sales</strong></p><p> </p><p>In a familiar trend at other resorts, Disneyland Paris is now the latest to apparently pause the sale of annual passes. Stories are circulating that an entirely new annual pass sales offering may be coming.</p><p> </p><p>At Walt Disney World, Disney continues to defy the odds with no new sales of annual passes. Meanwhile, Annual Pass park entry lanes sit empty; leading us to believe that they are nowhere annual pass sales capacity, but instead are purposely not selling annual passes because guests (like us) continue to pay full rack rate for park admission.</p><p> </p><p>Will annual pass sales ever resume at Walt Disney World or is something else coming our way?</p><p><br><strong>--</strong></p><p><br><strong>Disney Cruise Line to New Cruise Ship to Southeast Asia</strong></p><p><br>Disney Cruise Line and the Singapore Tourism Board have agreed to collaborate to have a brand-new Disney cruise ship exclusively port in Singapore for at least five years, starting in 2025. More details about the maiden voyage, itineraries and onboard experiences will be announced at a later date.</p><p><br>The new ship will feature "innovative Disney experiences" along with the Disney Cruise style of entertainment, dining and more.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Disney has Released its Three Reasons to Be Excited for Walt Disney World this Summer (but these may not be the best reasons)</strong></p><p><br><strong>1. Special Discounted Resort Pricing: Limited Offer</strong></p><p>Walt Disney World is offering summer travel deals with savings up to 25% on stays at select Disney Resort hotels. </p><p><br><strong>2. Exclusive Early Morning Entry and Late Night Hours</strong></p><p>One of the best benefits of staying at a Disney Resort hotel is the option to take advantage of 30-minute early entry into the theme parks every day. Guests of Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels or Deluxe Villas can also enjoy extended evening hours, in select parks, on select nights. </p><p><br><strong>3. Complimentary Overnight Self-Parking at Disney Hotels</strong></p><p>Disney World recently brought back complimentary overnight self-parking for guests of Disney Resorts hotels. Disney Resort hotel guests also get complimentary standard parking at Walt Disney World theme parks. </p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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What's in the New Disney100 Guided Tour? Plus Disney Easter Treats
<p>Disney has a new tour for Disney100, so what do you get and is it worth it? This plus our top picks from what's new in the Easter Foodie Guide 2023 for Walt Disney World and Disneyland.</p><p><strong>To Celebrate Disney100 at Disneyland Resort, Disney is doing What they Should have Done for Disney World 50<br></strong><br></p><p>Disneyland has launched a new guided tour called “Celebrating Disney100 at the Disneyland Resort” The new guided tour will give you a unique opportunity to meet a Disney animator at Animation Academy and explore Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park as a living story of the past 100 years of Disney magic. </p><p><br>Here is what the Celebrating Disney100 tour includes:</p><ul><li>A guided walk through both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park with an official Disneyland tour guide</li><li>Tours of Buena Vista Street, Animation Academy, Main Street Opera House, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Sleeping Beauty Castle</li><li>A unique drawing experience at Animation Academy that features special characters for Disney100</li><li>A complimentary digital download of your snapshot in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle adorned with dazzling Disney100 celebratory decorations</li><li>A Disney100 Celebration treat</li><li>Reserved viewing for the "Magic Happens" Parade, on the day of the tour</li><li>A specially designed Disney100 commemorative pin</li></ul><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Walt Disney World Easter Foodie Guide<br></strong><br></p><p><strong><em>Walt Disney World Resort </em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Disney Resort Hotels </strong></p><p><br><strong>Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort  </strong></p><p><strong>World Premiere Food Court, Intermission Food Court, and End Zone Food Court </strong><em>(Available April 1 through 30; mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Thumper Carrot Cake: Carrot cake with cream cheese icing <strong><em>(New)  &gt;Top Pick</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge<br>  </strong></p><p><strong>The Mara </strong><em>(Available April 1 through 9; mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Carrot Cake Cheesecake Tart: Carrot cake, pineapple, and vanilla cheesecake <strong><em>(New)  &gt;Top Pick</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Landscape of Flavors and Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining </strong><em>(Available April 1 through 30; mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Coconut Sugar Bunny Cupcake: Carrot cake with pineapple filling topped with cream cheese buttercream and coconut sugar</li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Beach Club Resort  <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Beach Club Marketplace </strong><em>(Available March 20 through April 9; mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Carrot Garden Fudge: Chocolate fudge with a vanilla carrot decorated cookie <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Orange-Vanilla Bunny Tart: Orange vanilla mousse with a chocolate filled vanilla tart and orange marmalade <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Easter Chocolate Donald Egg and Easter Chocolate Daisy Egg: Chocolate Easter eggs decorated to look like Donald Duck and Daisy Duck <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beaches &amp; Cream Soda Shop </strong><em>(Available April 1 through 30) </em></p><ul><li>Carrot Cake Milkshake: Vanilla milkshake with toasted marshmallow, pineapple, and shortcake topped with a specialty carrot cake <strong><em>(New)  &gt;Top Pick</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s BoardWalk <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>BoardWalk Deli and Carousel Coffee </strong><em>(Available April 1 through 9; mobile order available at BoardWalk Deli only) </em></p><ul><li>Coconut Macaroon Nest: Coconut macaroon and chocolate eggs</li><li>Chocolate-covered Strawberry ‘Carrots’</li><li>Italian Easter Sweet Bread: Citrus-scented dough, almond cream, and filled chocolate egg <strong><em>(New)  &gt;Top Pick</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort  <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Centertown Market and Spyglass Grill </strong><em>(Available April 1 through 30; mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Spring Treat Box: Carrot cake with cream cheese icing, mini brownie, lemon shortbread cookies, and a chocolate-dipped strawberry <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Contemporary Resort <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Contempo Café </strong><em>(Available through April 9; mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Spring Bunny Tart: Honey pastry cream topped with lemon curd and strawberry Chantilly cream <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Spring Coconut Macaroons: Coconut macaroon, dulce de leche macaroon, and chocolate macaroon decorated to look like a bunny tail <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Peanut Butter Eggs: Peanut butter milk chocolate crunch egg coated in chocolate <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Hummingbird Cake: Cake with pineapple, banana, and pecans drizzled with caramel icing <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Five-legged Goat Cookie: Citrus-scented gluten free sugar cookie with an edible image of the Five-legged Goat <strong><em>(New) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Steakhouse 71 </strong><em>(Available April 9 only) </em></p><ul><li>Brunch: Gather family and friends to enjoy delicious dishes from this special menu including: <ul><li>Floridian Eggs Benedict: Two poached eggs and a crab cake with hollandaise atop toasted English muffins served with breakfast potatoes</li><li>Bacon &amp; Eggs: Maple-lacquered pork belly, smoked cheese grits, and a perfect egg</li><li>Exclusive to Brunch: Hummingbird Bread Pudding featuring pineapple, banana, coconut bread pudding with candied pecans, salted caramel, and cream cheese ice cream</li></ul></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort  <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Barcelona Lounge </strong></p><ul><li>Bunny Ear Cupcake: Yellow cupcake flavored with pineapple juice and a pineapple filling topped with buttercream <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available April 1 through 9) </em></li><li>Bird of Paradise Refresher: Strawberry, lemonade, passionfruit juice, and passionfruit boba<em> (Available April 1 through May 31)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Three Bridges Bar and Grill </strong><em>(Available April 1 through May 31)</em></p><ul><li>Botanical Blossom Sangria: Macabeo Wine, Ketel One Botanicals Grapefruit &amp; Rose Vodka, Combier Crème Pamplemousse Rose, Lush Grenadine, and Minute Maid Premium Lemonade <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort &amp; Spa<br> </strong></p><p><strong>Gasparilla's Island Grill </strong><em>(Available through April 9; mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Cream Cheese Carrot Coffee Cake: Carrot coffee cake filled with cream cheese topped with fondant and orange sugar (also at the Grand Cottage) <strong><em>&gt;Top Pick</em></strong></li><li>Vanilla Bean Cupcake Sampler: Four vanilla bean cupcakes decorated with Easter décor <strong><em>(New) &gt;Top Pick</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>The Grand Cottage at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort &amp; Spa Lobby </strong><em>(Available through April 9) </em></p><ul><li>Back for the second year, The Grand Cottage features over 15 treats hand-crafted by the talented Grand Floridian Resort &amp; Spa Bakery, led by Pastry Chef Kristine Farmer. Be sure to try returning favorites like the Hot-cross Buns, Carrot Blondie Pop, and the Grand Egg as well as exciting new offerings like the...</li></ul>
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When NOT to pay For Genie+ and is Disney After Hours worth it?
<p>In our latest Walt Disney World Trip Report for Spring 2023, we ran several real-life Disney travel tests and you may be surprised by what we found. We share our findings on when is Disney Genie+ worth buying and when should you NOT buy it? Is Disney After Hours worth the extra cost? How is mobile food ordering working against guests and are the posted ride wait times at Walt Disney World accurate?</p><p><strong><em>Walt Disney World Trip Report Spring 2023</em></strong></p><p> </p><p>This week we tested a few key things that every Disney World traveler wants to know and we are here to offer our best tips and advice for what works and what doesn't onsite at Walt Disney World. We share our first-hand experience after testing out several options head to head.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>When to Pay for Genie + and When NOT to Pay for Genie +</strong></p><p> </p><p>Do not purchase Genie+ during busy park periods.</p><p> </p><p>The tried and true method that's worked for 50 years is still the best strategy today.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Why Free Late Night Extra Magic Hours are Better than Paying for Disney After Hours</strong></p><p> </p><p>Lower crowds, faster moving around the parks. Far better value.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>How Mobile Order is Ruining the Guest Experience at Walt Disney World</strong></p><p> </p><p>Disney may say that mobile ordering for food is there to enhance the guest experience, the reality in the parks is the exact opposite. </p><p> </p><p>If you're not mobile ordering, get to the quick service counter by 11:30 a.m.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Wait Times are Lower than Posted</strong></p><p> </p><p>On some days the times were half of what was posted.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Should Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Become a Dinner Theater?
<p>It's becoming more apparent that Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser is in trouble. Voyages have been scaled back and the financial media are calling it Disney's first Star Wars blunder. We discuss ways Disney could reimagine Galactic Starcruiser to turn it profitable and make it more accessible to guests. This story plus news about the new Disneyland Hotel DVC villas.</p><p><strong>Recent Changes to Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Signal this Experience is Not Sustainable</strong></p><p><br>New dates for <em>Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser</em> voyages are now on sale for dates from October through December 2023. </p><p>So will anything change with how the experience is run? The modified schedule has been reduced to only two voyages per week. Holiday weeks may have three voyages. Disney noted that they have been "learning a lot during our first year of operation and have adjusted voyage dates to meet the needs of our guests." But the fact is that something is wrong with this model and it is likely not financially sustainable unless something changes.</p><p>It remains to be seen what will happen with this experience in the long-term as the only certainty is that Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is not working out as Disney had planned or hoped.</p><p> </p><p>Should Disney reimagine this into a dinner theater with no overnight component, or convert the entire Starcruiser into a restaurant/dining experience? We discuss the options in this week's episode of the Disney Travel News Podcast at 1923 Main Street.</p><p> </p><p>One thing is for sure, Disney is keenly aware that they cannot sustain this experience in its current form and demand for only two sailings per week is not likely profitable, nor what Disney had in mind. The financial media have taken notice and this will not bode well for the company unless some significant changes are made.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>The Villas at Disneyland Hotel will open on September 28, 2023</strong></p><p> </p><p>The Villas at Disneyland Hotel will have 344 themed rooms, including duo studios, deluxe studios, one- and two-bedroom villas and grand villas. Each includes modern just-like-home amenities with Disney magic sprinkled throughout. Room themes include The Jungle Book, Sleeping Beauty, The Princess and the Frog, Fantasia and more.</p><p>Booking dates to keep in mind:</p><ul><li><strong>Wednesday, March 15</strong> - Disney Vacation Club Members can make reservations by calling Member Services at (800) 800-9800</li><li><strong>Thursday, March 16</strong> – Disneyland Resort Magic Key holders can start making reservations by contacting (714) 956-6425</li><li><strong>Friday, March 17</strong> - Reservations open to everyone online or by contacting (714) 956-6425</li></ul><p>--</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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A Hot New Disney Parks Collectible is Coming to Disneyland Toontown
<p>We just learned a little more about what's coming with the reopening of Mickey's Toontown (and if you love Disney Parks collectibles, this one's for you). This story, plus freebies you'll love at Disney Aulani in Hawaii and how (and where) to celebrate the Oscars at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.</p><p><strong>Mickey’s Toontown has More to Offer than You May Think<br></strong><br></p><p>Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Resort is set to reopen on March 19, 2023 and there are a few extra surprises that may just steal the show.</p><p>This week we share a first look at the huge array of tempting snacks and drinks to discover (plus a special new Disney collectible). There are two new food locations: Café Daisy and Good Boy! Grocers. </p><p><br>Café Daisy is a brand new eatery where Daisy Duck will be showing off her expert culinary skills with the help of our talented Disney culinary teams. </p><p><br>Daisy’s Dressed-up Dog is an all-beef foot-long hot dog, with chili-cheese sauce, mac &amp; cheese, and Parmesan potato crispies with house-made chips. Want a simpler hot dog, The Daisy Dog is an all-beef foot-long hot dog with house-made chips and you get the option of adding chili-cheese sauce.</p><p> </p><p>The Cheesy Pizza Flop-Over features mozzarella and provolone with tomato sauce while the Pepperoni Pizza Flop-Over has pepperoni, mozzarella, and provolone with tomato sauce. </p><p> </p><p>The Spring Garden Wrap is plant-based and combines romaine and quinoa in a wrap with a creamy lemon dressing and toasted pumpkin seeds served with house-made chips.</p><p> </p><p>Your little ones can enjoy the Cheese Please! Pizza (cheese and tomato sauce) or the Pepperoni Please! Pizza (pepperoni, cheese, and tomato sauce). There are also bite-size Minnie’s Mini Corn Dogs and a Mini Mac and Cheesy.</p><p> </p><p>Toontown ‘Tater Chips are house-made chips with chili-cheese sauce to add on to any meal. For dessert, Daisy’s Goody-Goody Donuts with cinnamon sugar are an option for a sweet finish to your meal.</p><p>Let's not forget the new drinks! The Picnic Time Watermelon Lemonade is a refreshing choice with Minute Maid Zero Sugar Lemonade, watermelon premium syrup, and watermelon gummies. If you like coffee, the Specialty Cold Brrr-ew is made with Joffrey's Caramel Mudslide Cold Brew plus sea salt and whipped topping.</p><p>Over at the Toontown Farmers Market there's Good Boy! Grocers. This is a roadside stand with grab-and-go drinks and treats. You'll find pickles, Mini Babybel snack cheese, Coke drinks, water bottles, Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water, gluten allergy-friendly cookies, fruit bars, and whole fruit.</p><p>The star of the show here is the Perfect Picnic Basket novelty item. After you pick up your basket, you choose three snack-sized items such as Cuties Mandarin Orange, yogurt smoothie, applesauce, granola bar, gluten allergy-friendly fig bar and more. You also pick between a small DASANI water or Minute Maid Juice Box. And if you want the full experiences, get the Perfect Picnic Blanket to go with their basket.</p><p>---</p><p><strong>‘Ohana Summer Fun at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii<br></strong><br></p><p>Summer holidays aren't that far away so if you are planning a Hawaiian vacation including Disney's Aulani Resort, Disney released a summer holiday resort overview.</p><p>Here's a look at some of what Aulani offers so you can start planning now.</p><p>A guided <em>Māka‘ika‘i</em> (tour or sightsee) is a great way to explore Aulani and get lots inside info on the resort. There are several different free tour options:</p><ul><li><strong>Māka‘ika‘i, the Nature and Wildlife of Aulani Resort:</strong> This tour takes you on a walking tour of Aulani with an in-depth look at the perfectly curated balance of manmade structures and natural surroundings. An entertaining guide will also highlight the broad canopy of the Waikolohe Valley, the lush space full of “mischievous waters” between the two towers, and the other beautiful natural spaces that call Aulani home.</li><li><strong>Māka‘ika‘i, The Art of Aulani Resort: </strong>When designing Aulani, Disney Imagineers reached out to local artists to help tell the stories of Hawai‘i throughout the resort. This tour how island inspiration helped bring the resort to life. Along the way, a guide will showcase unique interior design aspects, dramatic storytelling murals and one of the largest collections of contemporary Hawaiian artwork on the islands.</li></ul><p>The Daily <em>‘Iwa</em> (aka Aulani’s daily activities schedule) will show available tour times and much more.</p><p><strong><em>Forget Hidden Mickeys...Aulani has something much more Hawaiian</em></strong></p><p><br>The Menehune are mischievous, shy and maybe even a little magical beings of Hawai‘i. They are known for their skilled craftsmanship, evidence of which may be found by curious guests throughout Aulani. The small Hidden Menehune are uniquely Aulani.</p><p>Want to explore furhter? The Menehune Adventure Trail will take you on a high-tech, interactive scavenger hunt for fun surprises. Armed with a special Aulani tablet, you will solve riddles, discover hidden wonders and learn about Hawaiian history and culture along the way. Best of all this is a free adventure and great for kids and adults alike. </p><p><strong><em><br>Learn the ‘ukulele</em></strong></p><p><br>Music is a beautiful and meaningful part of Hawaiian culture. Ukulele sounds are everywhere at Aulani and you can learn to play with fun classes by Aulani cast members in the Pau Hana Room.</p><p>It's a 45-minute interactive experience, you'll learn a little Hawaiian instrument history and learn to play a few chords on the ‘ukulele. By the end of the class, you'll be able to play along with some of today’s popular songs.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Oscar Treats and Special Photo Opportunities at Disneyland and Walt Disney World</strong></p><p>Watch for special treats and photo opps at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland in celebration of this year's Oscars. Disney California Adventure, Hollywood Studios, the Grand Californian and Disney Springs are just a few locations joining in the celebration. </p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow alon...</p>
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Trail's End Reaches the End, plus EPCOT Flower Garden Food Top Picks
<p>The closings and openings coming up at Walt Disney World, including one that will upset a lot of guests. This plus EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival top food picks, more Disney After Hours events, new DVC villas and more Disney travel news.</p><p><strong>Openings and Closings at Walt Disney World</strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>Trail's End is Closing at Fort Wilderness</strong><br>It looks like Trail's End has Reached the End of the Trail. For anyone who loved the buffet-style all-you-care-to-enjoy dining experience at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground, you won't have that unlimited dessert bar anymore.</p><p>Trail's End will be closing in April and converted into a quick service marketplace. No more table service at Trail's End Fort Wilderness.</p><p><br><strong>Disney's BoardWalk Inn Club Level Concierge Lounge is Closing</strong></p><p>The Concierge Lounge at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is closing for refurbishment on March 11 until at least the end of April. How this might affect you even if you hadn't booked Club Level there.</p><p><br><strong>Narcoossee’s is Reopening at Disney's Grand Floridian on April 1</strong></p><p>After a seven-month closure, Narcoossee's is reopening with a new design concept of land and sea. Will the new enhancements mean for a better dining experience? We're hoping it will, but the signs are not all positive that Disney has addressed past issues at Narcoossee's.</p><p> </p><p>As far as the menu is concerned, it's not entirely new--which is disappointing, as the menu was a big issue.</p><p>The Bisque is back, but with a new tableside presentation. There are also two new starters: the Beef and Ricotta Tortelloni (with brown butter, parsnip puree, and sultanta raisins) and the Ocean-inspired Charcuterie Board featuring ahi tuna pastrami, charred octopus, and house-made sausage from the sea. </p><p> </p><p>For the main course, Chef Noah’s signature dish is the Blackened Redfish. This is served with a crispy chorizo-sunchoke hash with hominy, Florida sweet corn, and red pepper rouille. </p><p>Plant-based dishes include a Roasted Vegetable Paella featuring market vegetables, cannellini beans, and preserved artichoke finished with charred Meyer lemon. Land-based fare includes a new Dry-Aged Pork Ribeye Chop served with creamy goat cheese-potatoes and turnips with onion jam and a touch of fig jus.</p><p><br>Chefs have kept Narcoossee’s staples like the Plancha-seared Scallops with Parisian Gnocchi and Surf and Turf featuring filet mignon and butter-poached lobster tail.</p><p>The dessert course kept their trademark Almond-crusted Cheesecake with Lambert cherry sauce and Chantilly cream. New dessert items include The Berry Pavlova -- artfully crafted with Florida fresh berries and citrus delicately placed over meringue and yuzu crémeux and finished with a tableside pour of anglaise. And the Pineapple Bavarois (roasted-pineapple house-made blackberry-buttermilk ice cream). </p><p><br>The wine list has been refreshed with pairings for each dish and the bar team has anew cocktail program, inspired by the Victorian era. Disney is touting a signature Empress Lime Gimlet, a modern twist on a classic gimlet with Empress Gin, Rockey’s Botanical Liqueur, and cold-pressed lime. There are non-alcoholic cocktails as well.</p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>San Fransokyo Square appears at Disney California Adventure Park in Summer 2023</strong></p><p><br>Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure park is transforming into San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6.  It's a fictional mash-up of San Francisco and Tokyo. The story goes that ss the tech industry began to emerge and the local fishing trade fell on hard times, entrepreneurs came together to reinvent the seaside canneries into a vibrant, multicultural district of neighborhood restaurants and local shops.</p><p> </p><p>An iconic landmark of the area will be the San Fransokyo Gate Bridge, which will span the tide pools linking San Fransokyo Square to the Paradise Gardens Park obelisk. </p><p>When the transformation is completed this summer, you'll find familiar favorites like soups in freshly baked bread bowls, plus many new Asian-inspired selections. The new Port of San Fransokyo Cervecería draws inspiration from its tri-cultural influences with signage in English, Japanese and Spanish. Outside will be a beer garden decorated with festoon lights and papel picado.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>A New Theme Park and New Dates Added for Disney After Hours Events</strong></p><p><br>EPCOT has been added to Disney After Hours starting on June 1 and the price does include ice cream novelties, popcorn and select beverages available at carts throughout the park.</p><p>When Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park reopens this spring, H2O Glow After Hours will be back as of May 20.</p><p>Disney’s Hollywood Studios is adding more dates for Disney After Hours as well, starting May 3.</p><p>Tickets are now on sale and the usual discounts for DVC members and annual passholders will apply.</p><p>---</p><p><strong>The Villas at Disneyland Hotel Reveal First Look at Guest Rooms<br></strong><br></p><p>The 12-story Villas at Disneyland® Hotel tower will open this September and Disney released a first look at the room themes.</p><p>You'll find room themes including The Jungle Book, Sleeping Beauty and The Princess and the Frog.</p><p> </p><p>The one- and two-bedroom villas feature Fantasia and Princess and the Frog themes.</p><p> </p><p>The multilevel three-bedroom Grand Villa is the showstopper. It sleeps up to 12 and has Disney artistry sprinkled throughout the space. The first floor has a full kitchen, large dining area, and a double-sided fireplace connecting the living area to a private outdoor balcony. The first floor is also home to the primary suite, inspired by Bambi.</p><p>Walk up the spiral staircase to the second floor, which features two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms inspired by Frozen and Moana, plus the washer and dryer room.</p><p>Disney Vacation Club Members will have early access to cash rental reservations starting March 15, 2023, by calling Member Services at (800) 800-9800.</p><p>Disneyland Resort Magic Key holders can start booking on the following day, March 16, 2023, by contacting (714) 956-6425.</p><p>Bookings open to the public on March 17, 2023, subject to availability.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>No New Annual Pass Sales Yet, but</strong> <strong>Walt Disney World Annual Passholders Get More Perks</strong></p><ul><li>Starting March 20, 2023, all guests will get access to attraction photos with the purchase of Disney Genie+ service.</li><li>Starting on March 20, 2023, Annual Passholders with a My Disney Experience account and the app will receive access to Disney PhotoPass Lenses and, one Cinderella Castle Mural of Memories. Plus, Passholders will get a new offer where they can create and share short Disney-themed video slideshows with favorite photos from park visits.</li><li>Starting April 18, 2023, Passholders can visit a theme park after 2:00 p.m. without needing a park reservation, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom Park. Pass blockout dates will continue to apply like they do today. </li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>Disney Eats Foodie Guide to EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival 2023<br></strong><br></p><p>It's time for our top picks from the EPCOT Flower and Garden Foodie Guide 2023. The festival runs March 1 to July 5, 2023.</p><p>Don't forget to grab a festival passport for returning Garden Graze food stroll. If you buy five of the 11 available treats from various Outdoor Kitchens, you'll get an exclusive tre...</p>
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Where to Find the Secret Tangled Photo Spots at Walt Disney World
<p>From where to find several secret photo opportunities based on Disney's Tangled, to exciting new Disney Weddings and ticketed event additions coming to Disneyland Resort this year, there's a lot to celebrate in this week's Disney travel news.</p><p><strong>Where to Find the Best Tangled Photo Opportunities at Walt Disney World<br></strong><br></p><p>This week, Disney went about untangling the Tangled PhotoPass opportunities at Walt Disney World. Disney PhotoPass has lots of Tangled-themed photo ops and you may not know them all. So here's where to find them.</p><p><br><strong><em>Disney PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs</em></strong></p><p>Get photos in front of Tangled virtual backdrops. The trick is to let the photographer know that you want the Tangled photos and they'll set it up. Special bonus here: there’s a frying pan prop you can use in your photos to channel your inner Rapunzel.</p><p> </p><p><strong><em>Disney's Animal Kingdom Park</em></strong></p><p>Get Tangled at Animal Kingdom by finding the Disney PhotoPass photographer stationed at the bridge leading from the entrance of the park into Discovery Island. There's a Pascal Magic Shot to be had here, so be sure to check with the photographer to get the Tangled magic.</p><p> </p><p><strong><em>Magic Kingdom Park </em></strong></p><p>And of course, in Corona inside the Magic Kingdom, the always-alluring lantern prop photo is a classic. This one is located near Rapunzel's tower in the restroom courtyard. It's very popular and a line is pretty much standard fare.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Cinderella's Carriage is Finally Coming to Disneyland</strong></p><p> </p><p>It's hard to believe it took this long but Disneyland Resort is finally launching a Cinderella Horse-Drawn Carriage to offer unique Disney celebrations for couples. Word is that the carriage will launch later this year as part of 100 Years of Wonder. <br> <br>The new Coach will be available for both Theme Park and Resort Hotel ceremonies. Walt Disney World guests have had this option for many years and now Disneyland guests will as well.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>Disneyland After Dark Brings Two More Themed “Nites” To Disneyland Resort This Spring</strong></p><p><br>Disneyland After Dark is adding two more themed nights: Disneyland After Dark: Throwback Nite and Disneyland After Dark: <em>Star Wars</em> Nite. These nights typically have a three-hour pre-party mix-in from 6:00  p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and then the private party runs from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. </p><p><br><strong>Disneyland After Dark: Throwback Nite</strong><br> <strong>April 18 &amp; 20, 2023, at Disneyland Park</strong></p><p><br>Grab your flashback fashions for Disneyland After Dark: Throwback Nite. inspired by the ‘50s and ‘60s, you can relive Disney’s classic past with music and entertainment that pay tribute to the first decade of Disneyland park. Mickey Mouse and his friends will be in retro outfits, along with visits from nostalgic characters. Highlights include:</p><ul><li>Fantasy in the Sky, a nighttime spectacular, will give a nod to the same-named fireworks display that first lit up the night at Disneyland park in 1957.</li><li>Retro dance parties around Disneyland park with bands and deejays playing tunes from the era.</li><li>Treats inspired by the park’s early days, made once again just for this event.</li><li>Vintage photo backdrops of attractions and posters from yesteryear like Skyway and Autopia, and from old-school Disney films shots by Disney PhotoPass photographers.</li></ul><p><strong>Disneyland After Dark: </strong><strong><em>Star Wars</em></strong><strong> Nite<br> May 2, 4, 8 &amp; 11, 2023, at Disneyland Park</strong></p><p><br>Highlights include:</p><ul><li>Watch “<em>Star Wars:</em> Celebrate the Nite” with fireworks illuminating the skies above Disneyland park and big pyrotechnics set to the Star Wars music</li><li>Captain Phasma and her Stormtroopers in the March of the First Order in Tomorrowland.</li><li>Tuskan Raiders and Jawas will be out and about looking for trouble.</li><li>Lightsaber Instructional demonstrations, where you can learn to handle a lightsaber through a series of elite moves.</li><li>Photo backdrops featuring some of the galaxy’s favorite heroes and villains, captured by Disney PhotoPass photographers.</li><li>Themed snacks, such as intergalactic churros and other out-of-this-world sweets.</li></ul><p>Check <a href="https://disneyland.com">Disneyland.com</a> for ticket info and availability.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania’ at Disney California Adventure Park </strong></p><p><br><strong>You May Find Kang the Conqueror at Disney California Adventure Park</strong></p><p>For a limited time, Kang the Conqueror is moving stealthily throughout the Avengers campus, engaging recruits and looking information. </p><p><br><strong>A Drink Vessel Fit for the Quantum Realm</strong></p><p>The new “Ooze Cauldron” inspired by a pivotal scene in the new Ant-Man movie is available at Pym Test Kitchen. Act fast though, because it's likely to run out very quickly.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Will Frontierland as We Know it Disappear from Walt Disney World?
<p>Will Frontierland disappear forever at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom? New details about Tiana's upcoming attraction and restaurant hint at some big changes for the area currently known as Frontierland.</p><p>This story, plus construction delays at Disneyland and construction inconveniences at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.</p><p><strong>Not So Fast! Mickey’s Toontown Pushes Back Opening Date at Disneyland Park<br></strong><br></p><p>If you were counting down the days until March 8 for the opening of the all-new Mickey's ToonTown at Disneyland, you'll have to count a little longer. <em>According to Disney, the </em>heavy winter rain storms affecting parts of California have impacted their construction timelines, setting them back. As a result Disney has pushed back reopening date of Mickey’s Toontown to March 19, 2023. </p><p><br>This will most affect guests who have vacations planned between March 8 and March 19 and who may have been looking forward to visiting.</p><p><br><strong>--</strong></p><p><br><strong>It's Going to be Harder to Get Those Steps at Disney Grand Floridian Resort</strong></p><p><br>As we have reported in the past, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort &amp; Spa is in the midst of a fairly significant refurbishment project, which will see refreshed rooms and an updated main lobby. It's a big project that's lasting well over a year and will now be affecting the walking path between the Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom Park. As of<strong> </strong>February 13 the pathway is closed and won't reopen until "late Spring" (whatever that means).</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>There's a New Storyline Reveal for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and it May Give Some Hints of the Bigger Picture for Magic Kingdom that's Ahead<br></strong><br></p><p>Everyone knows Tiana loves cooking and the restaurant Tiana’s Palace coming to Disneyland is part of that.</p><p>But Walt Disney Imagineering is creating more to the story. It starts in the queue for Tiana's Bayou Adventure. Tiana has transformed an aging salt mine and built a much-loved brand.</p><p><br>The entire project includes a boutique farm and both a working and teaching kitchen. Tiana’s Foods is where Tiana creates all sorts of new products, including a line of original hot sauces.</p><p><br>Tiana wants to thank her family and friends and the entire community their support by throwing a big Mardi Gras party. When it turns out there’s been a bit of a mix–up with the party preparations, Tiana invites us to meet her at Tiana’s Foods to help with the missing ingredient for the party.</p><p><br>There's much more to this story, but reading into it sounds like be could see new Tiana Hot Sauces, a Magic Kingdom Mardi Gras party and Pecos Bill's transforming into Tiana's Kitchen. They may even offer food classes for kids. </p><p><br>Many people are concerned about what's happening to Frontierland, but when you factor in Beyond Big Thunder Mountain, there may be a much bigger picture about to unfold.</p><p>We'll keep you posted as Disney releases more details about what's to come at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in 2024.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Disney has a Big Problem at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge and No Solution
<p>Walt Disney World has a serious problem in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge and there's no easy solution. Our take on this, plus the Garden Rocks concert line-up, a lengthy Disney pool closure and top picks for Valentine's goodies at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.</p><p><strong>Do Disney Parks Have a Star Wars Problem?</strong></p><p> </p><p>There's trouble brewing in Galaxy's Edge and it's not coming from the Dark Side. After months of persistent rumors and speculation about the value and experience of Disney's Galactic Starcruiser, Disney has announced that it was forced to cancel several Galactic Starcruiser dates in the summer and fall months due to low occupancy, which could be a troubling sign for the hotel's future. People who had booked were offered half-off to book again on a future date. </p><p> </p><p>Speculation has been everything from the cost, to the characters involved to the repeatability of the experience. For me, it's also an issue of the guest experience, or rather the pricey and intended immersive experience being ruined by obnoxious and other annoying guests who typically ruin things for others on virtually any Disney attraction. This type of behavior has gotten worse since Covid as the entitled few have been frequently ruining it for all--so much so that Disney has changed its acceptable guest behavior policies and publicized the fact.</p><p> </p><p>No matter what the reason, is there any way to fix the problem? For us, it's not the price alone: it's the experience. If you're paying that kind of money for an immersive experience, the risk of having it jeopardized by someone filming all the time and not taking part, is a no-go. In my opinion, Disney should ban all guests from bringing phones or any kind of devices, except in your room. Anyone acting out of accepted standards should be jettisoned through the airlock. Make this clear up front. </p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Garden Rocks Concert Lineup for the 2023 EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival<br></strong><br></p><p>The Garden Rocks Concert Series Line-up is coming into view for the upcoming EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival in March. Garden Rocks features well-known artists performing Friday-Monday and showcases local Orlando talent on Tuesday-Thursday at the America Gardens Theater!</p><p>Who's Playing at Garden Rocks Concert Series EPCOT 2023?</p><ul><li>March 3-4 - Journey former lead vocalist STEVE AUGERI</li><li>March 5-6 - Daughtry</li><li>March 10-11 - Tommy DeCarlo</li><li>March 12-13 - Smash Mouth</li><li>March 17-18 - Mike DelGuidice</li><li>March 19-20 - Blue Oyster Cult - NEW</li><li>March 24-25 - Berlin</li><li>March 26-27 - The Pointer Sisters</li><li>March 31 - Luis Figueroa - NEW</li><li>April 1-2 - Piso 21 - NEW</li><li>April 3 – TBD</li><li>April 7-8 - STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas</li><li>April 9-10 - Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles</li><li>April 16-17 - Switchfoot – NEW</li><li>April 21-22 - A Flock of Seagulls</li><li>April 23-24 - Jo Dee Messina</li><li>April 28-29 - Ambrosia with Peter Beckett, The Voice Of Player</li><li>April 30, May 1 - Kool and the Gang</li><li>May 5-8 - Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone</li><li>May 12-15 - The Orchestra starring former members of ELO</li><li>May 19-20 - A.J. Croce: Croce Plays Croce - NEW</li><li>May 21-22 - Casting Crowns - NEW</li><li>May 26-27 - Jason Scheff, longtime lead singer of Chicago - NEW</li><li>May 28-29 - Rick Springfield</li><li>June 2-5 - Plain White T’s</li><li>June 9-10 - The Spinners</li><li>June 11-12 - The Commodores</li><li>June 16-17 - Vertical Horizon</li><li>June 18-19 - Tony Orlando</li><li>June 23-26 - Simple Plan</li><li>June 30, July 1 – Living Colour</li><li>July 2-3 - Wang Chung</li></ul><p>As of February 9, you can reserve a spot in the theater with a Garden Rocks Dining Package. Find out more by visiting FreshEPCOT.com.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Pool Closure alert for Disney's Vero Beach Resort<br></strong><br></p><p>The feature pool at Disney's Vero Beach Resort and the Pirate’s Plunge Pool Slide will be closed for refurbishment from January 8, 2024 through late March 2024. The Tiger Lily Wet Play Area, Port Holes Miniature Golf and the whirlpool spa will also be closed while the pool is being refurbished.</p><p><br>Refurbishment work will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Disney Eats Foodie Guide to Lovely Valentine’s Day Delights 2023<br></strong><br></p><p>Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are celebrating the Valentine's season with sweet and savory food and drink across virtually all parks, resorts and entertainment areas. The complete Disney Valenatine Foodie Guide, plus our top picks.</p><p><strong>Walt Disney World Resort <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Walt Disney World Resorts <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Available at Various Resorts </strong><strong><em>(Available through Feb. 28; mobile order available) </em></strong></p><ul><li>My (Plant-based) Sweetheart Chocolate cupcake with a love-ly swirl of vanilla buttercream and sprinkles <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Plant-based Item) (Wheat/ Gluten Friendly)</em>; Available at the following: <ul><li>World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort</li><li>Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort</li><li>End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort</li><li>Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort</li><li>Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort</li><li>Spyglass Grill at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort</li><li>Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter</li><li>Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside</li><li>Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort</li></ul></li></ul><p><br><strong>Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort </strong></p><p><strong>World Premiere Food Court, Intermission Food Court, and End Zone Food Court </strong><strong><em>(Available through Feb. 14; mobile order available) </em></strong></p><ul><li>Be My Valentine Sweet Treat Bag: Sugar cookies with house-made vanilla and raspberry marshmallows <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><br><strong>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge </strong></p><p><strong>Boma – Flavors of Africa </strong><strong><em>(Available Feb. 10 through 14) </em></strong></p><ul><li>Zebra Domes: The classic Amarula mousse and white chocolate dessert with the addition of a pink stripe</li></ul><p><strong>Jiko – The Cooking Place </strong><strong><em>(Available Feb. 13 and 14 only) </em></strong></p><ul><li>Wild About Mousse: Madagascan milk chocolate mousse, pistachio sponge, marinated citrus, and candied almonds <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>The Mara </strong><strong><em>(Available Feb. 10 through 14; mobile order available) </em></strong></p><ul><li>Zebra Mousse Cake: Amarula mousse cake inspired by the flavors of the iconic Zebra Domes <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Sanaa </strong><strong><em>(Available Feb. 13 and 14 only)</em></strong></p><ul><li>Bananas For Mousse: Banana cake, peanut butter mousse, banana jam, banana cream, candied almonds, and caramel <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><br><strong>Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort </strong></p><p><strong>Landscape of Flavors and Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining </strong><strong><em>(Available through Feb. 14; mobile order available) </em></strong></p><ul><li>Chocolate Lover’s Delight: Chocolate cupcake with hazelnut filling, chocolate hazelnut bu...</li></ul>
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Disney Announces a Big New Freebie at Walt Disney World
<p>Disney has announced a new free entertainment option outside the parks at Walt Disney World. This story, plus what you need to know before riding Tron and a sneak peek at the Roundup Rodeo BBQ coming to Hollywood Studios.</p><p><strong>Disney has Announced a New Free Family Entertainment Option at Walt Disney World<br></strong><br></p><p>There's a new free entertainment option at Walt Disney World taking place Saturday mornings at Disney Springs. The Disney Springs Kids Club is a brand-new entertainment offering designed for the whole family to enjoy together. It takes place at Waterview Park at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday morning.</p><p><br>Unique, family-friendly acts and entertainment will be on-hand to entertain. Wassalou, the Afropop band from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, kicked things off at Disney Springs Kids Club. You can play bongos and maracas or just dance along in the drum circle. Not your style? How about Flight Crew Jump Rope a high-energy dance party featuring fast-paced jump-rope routines acrobatics. And yes, you can join in the fun with this one as well. Finally, DJ KD Queen will take to the stage, hosting games, singalongs and more.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Disney Builds Anticipation with Four Key Things to Know in Advance of Tron Lightcycle Run Opening Day</strong></p><p>Riding Tron Lightcycle Run isn't going to be just a matter of lining up and getting on the ride. Before you board when the ride opens on April 4 there are four things you need to know:</p><p><strong>1. A Virtual Queue for Team Blue at Tron</strong></p><p>TRON will use a virtual queue when it opens and a standby queue will not be available.</p><p><br><strong>2. Riding Tron through Individual Lightning Lane</strong></p><p>Looking for an option to pay to play? Tron will offer a paid ILL option, so get ready to reserve your time first thing in the morning.</p><p><br><strong>3. New Locker System</strong></p><p>Tron will offer digitized lockers to store bags and loose items while you ride. The lockers are free and located within the line. Your locker will pair directly with your MagicBand, MagicBand+ or park ticket so you can easily lock and reopen your locker with a tap. If you don't have any of those, Cast Members will give you a card for your locker. There will also be small pouches in the ride cars, but it sounds like Disney isn't messing around with guests who have extra baggage.</p><p><strong>4. Disney PhotoPass Tron Ride Photo and Video </strong></p><p>Not surprisingly there will be an onboard photo and video automatically linked to your My Disney Experience account. It's important to note the following if you want your photo and video:</p><ul><li>Enable Bluetooth for the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device before riding. Make sure you're logged into the My Disney Experience app and keep the device out of low power mode. Your device will need to ride with you, so keep it secure. </li><li>The easier option is to wear a MagicBand or MagicBand+ that’s linked to a My Disney Experience account.</li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>Roundup Rodeo BBQ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens March 23, 2023</strong></p><p><br>We heard about Roundup Rodeo ages ago and now the time for BBQ is almost here. Here's a quick look at the BBQ menu coming your way.</p><p>You'll start with the Prospector’s Homemade Cheddar Biscuits served with sweet pepper jelly. </p><p>Salads:</p><ul><li><strong>Tomato Salad</strong>: Tomatoes, cucumbers, and pickled red onions tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette and garnished with fresh dill <em>(plant-based)</em></li><li><strong>Rex’s Romaine and Kale Salad</strong>: Romaine and kale mixed with green apples, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries tossed with green goddess dressing</li><li><strong>Watermelon Salad</strong>: Cubed watermelon garnished with freshly torn mint leaves (<em>plant-based)</em></li></ul><p>House-smoked meats:</p><ul><li><strong>Evil Dr. Smoked Ribs</strong>: Fall-off-the-bone pork ribs, slow-cooked for hours in our onsite smokehouse </li><li><strong>Buttercup’s Beef Brisket</strong>: Hand-sliced beef brisket, smoked then slow-cooked to juicy perfection</li><li><strong>There’s a Sausage in My Boot</strong>: Spiced pork sausage fire-grilled over live oak</li><li><strong>BBQ Chicken – with Style!</strong> Chicken brined for 48 hours, rubbed with our secret backyard BBQ spice and smoked to tender juiciness</li></ul><p>Plant-based offerings are available upon request:</p><ul><li><strong>Slow-smoked Cauliflower</strong> topped with sweet harissa drizzle and crunchy walnut gremolata </li><li><strong>Oven-roasted “Bratwurst” </strong>that is tender and juicy, sliced to perfection</li><li><strong>Impossible “Rib Chop”</strong> seasoned with spices, then roasted and glazed with sweet BBQ sauce and skewered on a sugar cane “bone”</li></ul><p>You can choose four of the following side dishes for your table:</p><ul><li><strong>The Married Spuds</strong>: Loaded potato barrels drizzled with green goddess dressing, cheese sauce, and seasoned BBQ spices</li><li><strong>Force Field Fried Pickles</strong>: Jumbo fried pickle spears coated with a dill-flavored breading</li><li><strong>Slinky Doooooooooog Mac &amp; Cheese</strong>: Spiral pasta in a creamy house-made cheese sauce topped with crumbled cheddar crackers </li><li><strong>Buckin’ Baked Beans</strong>: A traditional BBQ picnic favorite <em>(plant-based)</em></li><li><strong>Cowpoke Corn on the Cob</strong>: Grilled and seasoned with a chili-lime spice blend, cilantro, cotija cheese, and lime juice</li><li><strong>Mean Old Potato Salad</strong>: Homestyle with red-skinned potatoes</li><li><strong>Veggie Slaw</strong>: Crunchy shredded veggie slaw that is a summertime favorite! <em>(plant-based)</em></li><li><strong>Campfire-roasted Vegetables</strong>: A variety of roasted seasonal vegetables <em>(plant-based)</em></li></ul><p><em>For dessert, choose "perfectly portioned" chuckwagon desserts:</em></p><ul><li><strong>Cupcake à la Forky</strong>: A classic chocolate cake with a gooey chocolate ganache center topped with velvety graham cracker buttercream and a sugar cookie</li><li><strong>Lemon and Blueberry Cheesecake</strong>: An iconic creamy dessert that balances the tanginess of the cheesecake with the natural sweetness of blueberries and lemon</li><li><strong>Billy’s Chocolate Silk Pie</strong>: Graham cracker crust and chocolate mousse with chantilly cream</li><li><strong>Goat’s Apple Pie</strong>: Tart apples and warm pie spices balance perfectly with the creamy sweet filling under a crumble crust</li><li><strong>Gruff’s Peach-Strawberry Pie</strong>: Silky sweet peaches and tart strawberries together <em>(plant-based)</em></li></ul><p><em>An assortment of craft cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.<br></em><br></p><p><strong>Adult Craft Cocktails:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Snake Eye Margarita</strong>: A summertime BBQ classic with watermelon, smoke, and a bit of spice! </li><li><strong>Rum Punch</strong>: Rum punch with passion fruit and pineapple finished with a smoky spiced garnish</li><li><strong>Chocolate with a Grown-up Twist</strong>: A blend of chocolate rum, horchata liqueur, cocoa, and flavors of toasted marshmallow</li><li><strong>Frozen Peanut Butter &amp; Jelly</strong>: A fun frozen twist on the classic peanut butter &amp; jelly featuring peanut butter whiskey </li><li><strong>Whiskey Lemonade</strong>: Strawberry lemonade with Tennessee whiskey and Italian bitter aperitif</li><li><strong>The Rodeo Mule</strong>: A classic “patio sipper,” this mule mixes vodka with fresh juices and ginger beer</li></ul><p>A selection of beer, hard cider, and wines by the glass are available.</p><p><strong>Nonalcoholic offerings:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Molly’s Frozen Iced Tea</strong></li></ul>
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Two of the Best Disney Princess Greetings are Back at Magic Kingdom
<p><strong>Princess Ariel and Princess Belle Have the Most Unique Character Settings<br></strong><br></p><p>Finally, princesses Belle and Ariel will return to rightful spots in the Enchanted Forest of Fantasyland.</p><p>These beloved experiences will return on the following dates:</p><ul><li>Princess Ariel is back at her Grotto as of January 22 and</li><li>Princess Belle is back in Maurice's Cottage filled with Enchanted Tales, starting February 19, 2023.</li></ul><p>Both of these Disney Princess experiences will be <strong>part of Disney Genie+ service</strong>. </p><p>---</p><p><br><strong>What's Coming to the EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival 2023</strong></p><p><br>The EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival runs March 1 through July 5, and this year there are a few new topiaries to check out. These include Mirabel, Antonio, Isabela and Luisa from Disney Encanto. You'll find them near the EPCOT main entrance. In addition, a new Princess Tiana topiary will be at The American Adventure. </p><p>The Garden Rocks Concert Series is back at the America Gardens Theatre and we will share details about who's playing and when, as soon as it's released.</p><p>In addition to horticulture and music, there will be more than 15 Outdoor Kitchens in 2023 including a new spot for The Citrus Blossom, which will move to Odyssey. </p><p>On the merch side, watch for official ‘70’s inspired Orange Bird merchandise, including apparel, headwear, drinkware and more.</p><p>Spike's Pollen-Nation Exploration is back. This springtime scavenger hunt lets you follow Spike the Bee on his pollination trail, where he's busy collecting nectar and pollinating gardens at EPCOT. When you find him in each garden on your map, you'll add the corresponding sticker of the plant he's visiting.</p><p>On the bridge to World Showcase, you can enjoy the sights and scents of spring with Blossoms of Fragrance. Here you'll be surrounded by butterfly topiaries and be invited to follow your nose to six scent stations for a few unforgettable aromas.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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How to Ride Tron Lightcycle Run Before it Opens to the Public
<p><strong>How to Ride TRON Lightcycle Run Before it Opens to the Public on April 4 </strong></p><p><br>Disney travelers are anticipating the opening of TRON Lightcycle / Run, which is scheduled to officially open on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park.</p><p>But did you know that before the attraction officially opens there will likely be an opportunity for certain guests to get a ride? Cast members always get this perk (understandably) but Disney has basically said that Annual Passholders and eligible Disney Vacation Club Members will also be given an opportunity to throw their hats in the ring for this major perk.</p><p><br>We don't know the details yet, but there will likely be a rush to get a spot once details are announced.</p><p><br>The story of the ride is that it picks up after the “TRON: Legacy” story where Kevin’s son, Sam Flynn, has opened a second gateway into a digital world called the Grid. The first portal to this world was built at Shanghai Disneyland with the original TRON Lightcycle Power Run. So it's fun how Disney has worked to continue the story and didn't just make this a copy of the Shanghai version.</p><p>As the ride goes, you will be Team Blue against the Grid’s menacing Programs, Team Orange. Your goal is to be the first to race through eight Energy Gates and secure victory. How this all pans out remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Tron Lightcycle Run will be one of the fastest coasters at any Disney theme park in the world.</p><p>---</p><p><strong>The Positive Changes at Walt Disney World Resort:</strong></p><ol><li>If you're a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder you'll soon be able to visit the theme parks after 2:00 p.m. without needing a park pass reservation. The only exclusions are Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom Park and pass blackout dates.</li><li>You can once again self-park at Walt Disney World hotels at no cost when you are a guest staying there.</li><li>When you buy Disney Genie+ you'll also get free digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass attraction photos taken in the park on the day of your purchase.</li></ol><p>---</p><p> </p><p><strong>The Positive Changes at Disneyland </strong></p><ol><li>Starting February 4, 2023, if you have a Disneyland theme park ticket with a Magic Key pass or a Park Hopper ticket you can start hopping two hours earlier – starting at 11:00 a.m. </li><li>Disneyland will offer nearly two-months-worth of $104 park ticket dates throughout 2023, which means more opportunities to enjoy the lowest price one-day, one-park tickets.</li><li>Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads taken on any Disney PhotoPass attraction during a park visit will be complimentary for ticketed park guests on the Disneyland app starting February 4 and lasting for the Disney 100 celebration.</li><li>Disneyland Resort will make select Magic Key passes available for new sales from time to time throughout 2023 as pass inventory becomes available. </li></ol><p>--</p><p><strong>Tiana’s Palace Coming to Disneyland Park in 2023<br></strong><br></p><p>Just as Tiana transformed an old sugar mill into her dream restaurant in “The Princess and the Frog,” Disney is transforming the French Market Restaurant in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park into a news restaurant called Tiana’s Palace.</p><p>Tiana’s Palace will feature peach-colored walls and green wrought-iron balconies with elegant fixtures and appointments reminiscent of Tiana’s film life. This should fit nicely into the current vibe of New Orleans Square. The new quick-service restaurant will offer guests an authentic New Orleans menu and expand on the current items served at the location.</p><p>To make the change, the French Market Restaurant (and Mint Julep Bar) will be closed as of February 17, 2023, and will reopen as Tiana’s Palace (alongside the Mint Julep Bar with its famous mint juleps and Mickey beignets) later in 2023.</p><p>---</p><p> </p><p><strong>Moonlight Magic is Back 2023</strong></p><p> </p><p>Disney Vacation Club members, mark your calendars:</p><p> </p><p>Disney California Adventure - February 1, 2023</p><p>EPCOT - February 8 and 15, 2023</p><p>Disney's Hollywood Studios - May 11 and September 13, 2023</p><p>Disney's Animal Kingdom Park - July 11 and August 2, 2023</p><p>Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - May 23 and August 23, 2023</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Pool Closures at Disney Aulani in Early 2023<br></strong><br></p><p>Aulani's two popular water slide pool areas are closing for refurbishment.</p><ul><li>The Volcanic Vertical body slide will be unavailable from January 16 – February 3, 2023.</li><li>The Tubestone Curl tube slide will be unavailable from February 20 to March 10, 2023 and </li></ul><p>Aulani's other water features will be open during the closures, including Waikolohe Pool and Stream, Ka Maka Pool &amp; Grotto, the multiple whirlpool spas, Keiki Cove splash zone, and Wailana Pool.</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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The Disney Dining Promo Card: Why You Might Not Get What You Think
<p><strong>Disney's Updated Offer of Free Dining is a Twist on the Old Way, but there's a Catch<br></strong><br></p><p>You can now get up to a $750 Disney Dining Promo Card when you book a non-discounted 5-night, 4-day vacation package that includes a room at a select Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort and theme park ticket(s).</p><p><br>The offer is valid for arrivals most nights July 1 to July 10, 2023 and August 1 to September 14, 2023. A lower-value Disney Dining Promo Card may also be available when you purchase this package during other select summer arrival dates.</p><p><br>After checking in you'll get an email with the amount credited to you via Disney Gift Card. Only good at participating food and beverage locations. You then present the barcode when you're paying and it will be deducted from the credit. You can see remaining balance as well.</p><p><br>It's not a blanket $750 dining card. These are the values for July 1 - 10 and August 1 - September 14, 2023:</p><ul><li>Up to $150 per night at Deluxe Villas and Resorts</li><li>Up to $100 per night on select Moderate Resorts</li><li>Up to $50 per night on select Value Resorts</li></ul><p>From June 25 - 30 and July 11 - 31 the values are as follows:</p><ul><li>Up to $125 per night at Deluxe Villas and Resorts</li><li>Up to $75 per night on select Moderate Resorts</li><li>Up to $35 per night on select Value Resorts</li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>Disney Eats Foodie Guide to the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts<br></strong><br></p><p>The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts runs from January 13 to February 20, 2023 and celebrates the creation and beauty of cuisines, music, and art.</p><p><strong>Pop Eats (Near Port of Entry)<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Tomato Soup with grilled cheese</li><li>Tomato Soup with pimento cheese, bacon, and fried green tomato grilled cheese <strong><em>(New) TOP PICK</em></strong></li><li>Almond Frangipane Cake layered with raspberry jam and Belgian chocolate <em>(Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Brooklyn Brewery Pulp Art Hazy IPA</li><li>Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuveé Mousseux with boba pearls</li></ul><p><strong>The Deconstructed Dish (Near Port of Entry)<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:  </strong></p><ul><li>Deconstructed BLT: Pork belly, soft-poached egg, onion bread pudding, watercress espuma, and tomato jam</li><li>Deconstructed French Onion Soup: Beef broth ravioli, gruyère cream, onion bread pudding, and onion textures</li><li>Deconstructed Key Lime Pie: Flexible Key lime curd, “Key lime” mousse, graham cracker cake, and meringues <em>(Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item) </em></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Deconstructed Apple Pie à la Mode: Apple-cinnamon gelato, cinnamon apple cider, apple pie filling, and streusel (Non-alcoholic)</li><li>Wicked Weed Brewing Blank Canvas Belgian Blonde Witbier</li></ul><p><strong>Deco Delights (Near Port of Entry) <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Dulce Chocolate Mousse with chocolate crémeux and dark chocolate truffle</li><li>Decadent Valrhona Chocolate with dark chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie, and cassis mousse</li><li>Orange Mousse with Lemon Cake and Raspberry Meringues <em>(Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item) </em></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>3 Daughters Brewing Strawberry Blonde Nitro</li><li>81Bay Brewing Co. Vanilla Porter</li><li>Playalinda Brewing Co. Milk Stout</li><li>Espresso Martini featuring Boyd &amp; Blair Potato Vodka <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Neapolitan Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong>The Craftsman’s Courtyard (Near Creations Shop)<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Beef Wellington: Mushroom duxelles, prosciutto, and puff pastry with red wine demi-glace and baby vegetables</li><li>Cast Iron-roasted P.E.I. Mussels with sautéed tomatoes, garlic, and fresh herbs</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>BrewDog Jet Black Heart Nitro Oatmeal Stout <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Cold Fashion Coffee Cocktail</li></ul><p><strong>Refreshment Outpost<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Plant-based Bratwurst with spicy turmeric aïoli, coffee barbecue jackfruit, and slaw <em>(Plant-based item) </em></li><li>Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie</li><li>Soft-serve Waffle Cone: DOLE Whip, salted-caramel soft-serve, or swirl</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. Berries &amp; Cream Sour Berliner <strong><em>(New) TOP PICK</em></strong></li><li>Left Hand Brewing Co. Wook Bait IPA <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Central 28 Beer Company Wall Art Brown Ale</li></ul><p><strong>Pastoral Palate (Germany) <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes, and aged balsamic</li><li>Wild Boar Cassoulet with duck confit, ham hock, and wild boar sausage</li><li>Black Forest Cake: Chocolate Mousse with morello cherries and Chantilly cream <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider</li><li>81Bay Brewing Co. Rosé Blonde Ale</li><li>Frozen Rosé</li><li>A Play on Rosé Flight</li><li>Marietta Old Vine Rosé</li></ul><p><strong>The Artist’s Table (The American Adventure) <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Three-Meat Meatloaf with “Peas and Carrots”: Green pea pudding, carrot ketchup, shaved carrot salad, and snap peas <strong><em>(New) TOP PICK</em></strong></li><li>Duck and Dumplings: Smoked duck breast, ricotta dumplings, petite vegetables, and duck jus <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Hummingbird Cake: Banana cake with pineapple, coconut, pecans, and cream cheese frosting with banana sorbet <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, milk, and dark chocolates (Non-alcoholic)</li><li>Boulevard Brewing Co. Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Parish Brewing Co. South Coast Session Amber Ale <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Brewery Ommegang Three Philosophers Belgian Quad <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Lange Estate Winery Pinot Noir</li><li>Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Mozart Chocolate Liqueurs paired with sipping chocolates</li><li>Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong>Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items: </strong></p><ul><li>Carrots Three Ways: Chermoula-spiced grilled carrots, pickled carrots, and carrot ginger purée <em>(Plant-based item) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) </em></li><li>House-made Crispy Almond Phyllo Pockets with white chocolate pomegranate and milk chocolate orange</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Chai Tea Mint Sparkler featuring Twinings Chai Tea with Sprite (Non-alcoholic)</li><li>Stem Ciders Flockstar Hard Cider</li><li>Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Mule de Pomme: Pomegranate, ginger, and lime hard cider</li><li>3 Daughters Brewing Chai Hard Cider</li><li>Chai Tea Mint Mimosa featuring Twinings Chai Tea with Key lime sparkling wine and mint</li><li>Cider Flight</li></ul><p><strong>Vibrante &amp; Vívido: Encanto Cocina (Between Morocco &amp; France) <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Chorizo and Potato Empanada with turmeric aïoli and annatto aïoli <em>(Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item) </em></li><li>Spicy Ajiaco Soup with guajillo and árbol chili-spiced chicken, potato, avocado, corn, and crème fra...</li></ul>
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The Rides Closing Temporarily (and Forever) at Walt Disney World
<p><strong>What's the Future of Rock'n'Roller Coaster?<br></strong><br>Is Aerosmith done at Walt Disney World? That's what Disney travelers want to know.</p><p>With the New Year upon us, we know of a number of new rides and attractions coming our way at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.</p><p> </p><p>But there are also several that are closing for good or that have a future that's simply up in air with more questions than answers.</p><p> </p><p>Permanently closing or already closed at Disney's Hollywood Studios:</p><ul><li>Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple, </li><li>Star Wars: Galactic Spectacular and </li><li>Voyage of the Little Mermaid.</li></ul><p>At Disney's Animal Kingdom Park:</p><ul><li>Kali River Rapids will close on January 9, 2023 for refurbishment (with no estimated completion date) and </li><li>the demolition of Primeval Whirl will soon be completed.</li></ul><p>At Disney's Magic Kingdom Park:</p><ul><li>Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is closing for a short refurbishment in January, </li><li>while Splash Mountain will close on January 23, 2023 for the Tiana ride overhaul. </li></ul><p>Most of the talk now is focused on Rock'n'Roller Coaster, which is closing for a long refurbishment on February 20, 2023. Disney has said it will be reopening in the summer of 2023.</p><p> </p><p>With the Aerosmith agreement now expired (in 2022), will the refurbishment also become a full ride re-theming of Rock'n'Roller Coaster? </p><p> </p><p>At Disneyland Paris the ride was re-themed into an Avengers ride. But this probably wouldn't be a Marvel re-theme due to agreements in place between Universal Studios Florida and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.</p><p> </p><p>So what would be a likely re-theme? Keep it as Rock'n'Roller Coaster and just update the band to a younger and newer artist or group? Or would they do what they have done in so many other cases at Walt Disney World and re-theme the ride into a Disney character property?</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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10 New Attractions Coming to Disney World and Disneyland in 2023
<p><strong>Walt Disney World Railroad is Back...with an All-New Voiceover<br></strong><br></p><p>The WDW railroad was an original opening-day attraction in 1971 and it's back with a completely refreshed track and another new surprise...one you may or may not like.</p><p><br>Walt Disney Imagineering introduced a new voice to share stories as the train circles Magic Kingdom Park. </p><p><br>Disney's release stated that the narration is "a voice our guests can envision and resonate with. Someone who grew up on Main Street, U.S.A., dreaming of the day they’d be on the railroad. They’ve now achieved that dream, and they know everyone and everything at Magic Kingdom … an unofficial mayor of sorts." For us, the jury's still out on whether or not this was a good thing as my initial reaction is that I don't care for the PeopleMover vibe on Walt Disney World Railroad.</p><p><br>So what do you think? Is the new voiceover a great addition or an unnecessary distraction?</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Chef Mickey’s transitions back to buffet-style dining March 1</strong></p><p><br>Starting March 1, 2023 Chef Mickey’s will go back to buffet-style dining, something many fans have been waiting for as they enjoy either breakfast or dinner at this popular character dining location in Disney's Contemporary Resort.</p><p><br>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>So What's Ahead for 2023? A Recap of New Rides and More Coming our Way</strong></p><p> </p><p><strong><em>Disneyland</em></strong></p><p> </p><p><em>Wondrous Journeys</em> and <em>World of Color - One</em></p><p>- January 27, 2023 (Two new shows to celebrate Disney 100)</p><p> </p><p>Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway</p><p>- January 27, 2023</p><p> </p><p>Mickey's ToonTown</p><p>- March 8, 2023</p><p> </p><p>Adventureland Treehouse, Swiss Family Robinson theme</p><p>- TBA 2023</p><p> </p><p>Magic Happens Parade</p><p>- Will return on February 24, 2023</p><p> </p><p><strong><em>Walt Disney World</em></strong></p><p> </p><p>Journey of Water, featuring Moana at EPCOT</p><p>- TBA late 2023</p><p> </p><p>Hatbox Ghost at the Haunted Mansion</p><p>- TBA 2023</p><p> </p><p>Tron Lightcycle Run</p><p>- Spring 2023</p><p> </p><p>Figment Meet and Greet at EPCOT</p><p>- TBA 2023</p><p> </p><p>Happily Ever After (the reboot)</p><p>- TBA 2023</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Walt Disney World December Christmas Trip Report plus More News
<p><strong>Trip Report: Walt Disney World December 2022<br></strong><br></p><p>The latest from Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, including crowd levels along with the good parts and the not-so-good parts. Is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party worth it?</p><p>Also, an update on EPCOT Festival of the Holidays and the Candlelight Processional 2022 edition. Is the dining package worth doing?</p><p><br>Our thoughts on this and the current state of Club Level at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and more in our latest Walt Disney World trip report.</p><p><strong>--<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Will Get Some Updates in 2023<br></strong><br></p><p>The resort has been receiving some <em>grand</em> touches that weave familiar storybook charm into the Victorian elegance of this flagship resort. Guest rooms are currently being updated as we speak with more to come as the beloved Grand Floridian ushers in its 35th year of magic. The ongoing renovation will also include an upcoming refurbishment of the lobby, which will maintain the classic theming guests know and love with some fresh new enhancements.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>What’s Cooking at Disney’s BoardWalk</strong></p><p>There's a new coffee shop opening soon on the BoardWalk called Carousel Coffee. This new location will be good spot for Joffrey's coffee beverages, tea options, and indulgent pastries.</p><p>The menu will include a Dark Cherry Mocha Frozen Blended Coffee with Whipped Cream. This iconic cherry flavor is known in seaside getaways and is a staple of coffee shops, delis, and ice cream parlors.</p><p>There will be seasonal coffees as well, such as a Cinnamon Bun Frozen Blended Coffee with Whipped Cream. </p><p>The Nitro Cold Brew Coffee is a freshly batched, extra smooth, dark-roasted cold brew coffee infused with nitro. This one aims to capitalize on the popular nitro craze of cold brews.</p><p>For tea lovers, Carousel Coffee has a Pomegranate-Green Tea Lemonade featuring fresh-squeezed lemon juice blended with pomegranate green tea and a touch of agave. This is naturally sweetened and served over ice.</p><p> </p><p>For sweet treats the Crunchy Raspberry Danish is a must-try. This features crispy sugar dough layers with hibiscus fondant and raspberry. Think of a cross between a croissant and muffin. There are plenty of classics as well, like the Vintage Mickey &amp; Minnie Sugar Cookie, Banana Bread, Croissants, Blueberry Muffins, Chocolate Muffins, NJ Crumb Cake and Bagels. And, of course, a Mickey Brownie.</p><p>Nearby is The Cake Bake Shop at Disney’s BoardWalk, which we covered in a recent episode.  Not only will there be table-service offerings, but also a quick-service bakery to pick up sweet treats on-the-go.</p><p>There aren’t just cakes here. The restaurant and bakery will serve cookies, French macarons, brownies, dessert bars, pies, and cheesecakes in addition to the handmade cakes.</p><p><strong>--<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure is Now Ready to Play<br></strong><br></p><p>Join Scrooge McDuck, his nephews and friends as they travel EPCOT World Showcase on a quest to find the Seven Plunders of the World —and return them to their rightful owners. For this expedition there are treasures are hidden in each country pavilion:</p><ul><li>Mexico</li><li>Norway</li><li>China</li><li>Germany</li><li>Japan</li><li>France</li><li>United Kingdom</li></ul><p>Each country has three assignments and one finale; so each mission takes 25-30 minutes to complete. You can even replay countries if you want because there are variables in missions (you might not always get the same one). When a country is completed, you'll unlock an achievement in the Disney Play App. Once all countries have been completed, you'll unlock the finale mission, which is playable within the app itself.</p><p>To play you'll need to create an account for the Play Disney Parks app if you don't already have one.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>The Princesses are Coming Back to Cinderella's Royal Table<br></strong><br>As of Tuesday, February 28, 2023, Cinderella and her Disney Princess friends will once again be back for character dining at Cinderella's Royal Table in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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The Genie+ Change that Should Never Have Been Needed
<p><strong>Genie+ Adds a Minor Improvement Allowing You to Modify Lightning Lane Selections<br></strong><br></p><p>To make it easier to change plans on the fly, you can now modify<strong> </strong>Lightning Lane<em> </em>selections made with Disney Genie+ without having to cancel and rebook your selection.  This should have been included from day one and it's hard to believe it took this long to add, but at least it's there now. </p><p>To make a change select the three dots on your current Lightning Lane selection from the <em>Tip Board </em>or <em>My Day </em>tab of Disney Genie, and then select “Modify Plan” from the menu that appears.</p><p>After selecting “Modify Plan,” available Lightning Lane experiences from the same park will appear. You can adjust their arrival window to a different time from whatever is shown as available, or pick a new experience to replace your current Lightning Lane selection.</p><p><strong>--</strong></p><p><br><strong>New Food to Try at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge<br></strong><br></p><p>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has some new dishes on its menus.</p><p>Starting at Maji Pool Bar there are new poolside snacks with an African twist. Shrimp Bakuli is a shrimp bowl inspired by the open-air food markets in Zanzibar. The bakuli includes chilled poached shrimp, pickled carrots, and Basmati rice with a soy-ginger dressing and berbere aïoli.</p><p>The Multigrain Tabbouleh is a plant-based bowl with salad, grains, fresh herbs, and grilled vegetables.</p><p>The Spiced Pork Nachos are topped with spiced pork, beans, herbed crema, and kachumbari. The pork vindaloo is prepared with paprika, garlic, tomato, vinegar, and a house-made spice blend.</p><p>The Short Rib Grilled Cheese has slow cooked short ribs with a house-made spice blend, tamarind, and red wine until tender. It's on buttery brioche bread with gouda cheese and pickled onions.</p><p>The Mara also has new items. There's a Marinated Sun-dried Tomato and Herbed Ricotta Flatbread with fresh herb ricotta, tomato sauce, four-cheese blend, and arugula.</p><p> </p><p>There are three new bowls: The Chermoula-spiced Shrimp Bowl has grilled shrimp, pilau rice, kale slaw, cucumber-tomato salad, and chermoula sour cream. The Oak-grilled Chicken Bowl has marinated chicken thighs, slow-roasted over an oak fire.</p><p> </p><p>Rounding out the new additions is the plant-based South African Vegetable Bowl, a perfect balance of curried vegetable stew, pilau rice, kale slaw, dried fruit achar, and avocado-tahini sauce.</p><p>At Jiko: The Cooking Place there's a new appetizer to try – Sweet Potato-Groundnut Soup. This soup features spiced groundnuts, finger lime, pickled red chilies, and sorrel. Groundnuts are actually peanuts.</p><p>Finally, to celebrate Avatar: The Way of Water, Animal Kingdom Lodge has a new signature cocktail at Boma: Flavors of Africa, Sanaa, and Victoria Falls Lounge. Way of Water is a blend of African Starr Rum, BACARDÍ Raspberry Rum, Bols Blue Curaçao, and lemonade garnished with a lotus flower and mint.</p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disneyland After Dark Returns in 2023 with New Princess Nite Event and More<br></strong><br></p><p>Disneyland After Dark events are returning in 2023 with two limited-time after-hours events including Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite, and the new Disneyland After Dark: Princess Nite.</p><p>Disneyland After Dark begins with a three-hour pre-party from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Disneyland park, then the private party runs from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., so you can ride some popular attractions after regular park hours. All event guests will get unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the party, plus commemorative keepsakes including a souvenir credential and event guide map. </p><p><strong>Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite</strong> <br> <strong>January 31, February 2, 5, 7, 9, 14, 16, 2023 at Disneyland Park<br></strong><br></p><p>Sweethearts’ Nite will take place on seven different “date nights” in Disneyland park:</p><ul><li>a special themed fireworks show </li><li>Dance at the Royal Ball hosted by Aladdin and Jasmine near “it’s a small world”</li><li>Take a moonlit cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat with the sounds of a live jazz ensemble</li><li>Relax to the sounds of island music from a Polynesian trio at The Tropical Hideaway</li><li>Enjoy deliciously themed menu items available for purchase, created just for the event </li><li>Capture your moment with photo opportunities with darling Disney couples and spots inspired by romantic scenes from Disney films such as “Lady and the Tramp” and “The Little Mermaid/” </li><li>Enjoy pre-party admission to Disneyland park starting at 6:00 p.m., no park reservation required</li></ul><p><br><strong>Disneyland After Dark: Princess Nite</strong><br> <strong>March 7 &amp; 9, 2023, at Disneyland Park<br></strong><br></p><p>This all-new first-ever event will feature the iconic characters who light the world with kindness, courage and a touch of magic. There will be shimmering décor, special photo opportunities, themed food and beverage offerings, commemorative keepsakes and characters galore.</p><ul><li>Receive a royal welcome at the Disneyland Train Station featuring Princess Minnie Mouse and Princess Daisy Duck with fanfare trumpeters </li><li>Enjoy an inspiring concert with Moana, Merida and more accompanied by live singers </li><li>Dance the night away at the high-energy, candy-themed dance party at Tomorrowland stage with Vanellope Von Schweetz</li><li>Experience Tiana’s Southern hospitality and dance to jazz music in New Orleans Square</li><li>Enjoy specialty menu items throughout Disneyland park, available for purchase </li><li>Picture yourself in photo backdrops inspired by Disney films like “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Princess Diaries” including unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads from the party</li><li>Pre-party admission to Disneyland park starting at 6:00 p.m., no theme park reservation required</li></ul><p>Tickets are limited and available on Disneyland.com. </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Disney Cruise Line will Return to Tropical Destinations in Early 2024<br></strong><br></p><p>In early 2024, Disney Cruise Line is going back to the islands with itineraries to the Caribbean, Mexico, Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.</p><p><strong>Getaways from South Florida</strong></p><ul><li>The Disney Dream will begin 2024 with an assortment of three- and four-night getaways to the Bahamas and five-night vacations to the western Caribbean.</li><li>All sailings from Florida will include a stop at Castaway Cay.<p></p></li></ul><p><strong>Sailings from Central Florida </strong></p><ul><li>The Disney Wish will kick off 2024 with three- and four-night voyages to Nassau, Bahamas, and Castaway Cay departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, Disney Cruise Line’s home port located an hour from Walt Disney World Resort. </li><li>Also from Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will continue seven-night sailings. Eastern Caribbean cruises will visit Tortola and St. Thomas, while western Caribbean itineraries will feature the ports of Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; and Falmouth, Jamaica. Every Disney Fantasy sailing includes a stop at Castaway Cay, along with several days at sea.<p></p></li></ul><p><strong>Caribbean Adventures from Texas and Louisiana</strong></p><ul><li>The Disney Magic will have two limited-time engagements in Galveston in early 2024. The ship will embark on Caribbean adventures ranging from four to six nights through the end of January. </li><li>New Orleans will welcome the Disney Mag...</li></ul>
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Some Big News for Walt Disney World that You Might Have Missed
<p><strong>Disney Plans to Make a Major Theme Park Investment at Walt Disney World to Respond Universal's Epic Universe</strong></p><p> </p><p>It looks like Bob Iger's return may mean that Disney will be seriously upping its game when it comes to theme park enhancements and new builds. Several media outlets have reported an SEC filing by the Walt Disney Company that calls for spending $6.3 billion on capital expenditures in the parks in 2023. That means new builds and infrastructure and it's a huge increase over the spend in the past for building Galaxy's Edge.</p><p> </p><p>We may not know Bob Iger's vision just yet, but remember all of those great things we saw at D23 Fan Expo -- like the new Villains land in Magic Kingdom Park? It's beginning to look a lot like some big news may be just around the corner</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Florida Changes Course on Punishing Walt Disney World for Don't Say Gay Stance</strong></p><p> </p><p>In a story by the Financial Times, it looks like Florida lawmakers may be looking to reverse their plans to strip Disney of its right to operate a private government around its theme parks. And it appears that Bob Iger may be the reason why, at least in part.</p><p> </p><p>Bob Iger made a comment that is seen to have calmed tensions between Disney and the Florida state government. He said: “What I can say [is] the state of Florida has been important to us for a long time and we have been very important to the state of Florida. That is something I’m extremely mindful of and will articulate if I get the chance.”</p><p> </p><p>All in all this is good for the Disney traveler, as any negative impacts from the original plan to strip Disney World of its current rights would likely have trickled down to all of us who visit.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>A New Scene and New Critters Are Introduced for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure</strong></p><p><br>We now know a little bit more about Tiana's Bayou Adventure including a new scene for the ride and some of the brand-new characters being created for the attraction. The new scene is said to be a "thrilling moment" when you first drop into the bayou and encounter bayou friends both new and familiar.</p><p><br>Fireflies will light up the night and invite us all deeper into the bayou. With all of the fuss Disney is making about this we can only assume that it will be a pretty cool new effect.</p><p><br>Once the ride gets going we'll meet the full group of critters, including an otter, a rabbit, a racoon, a beaver, a turtle and others. Disney has hinted that they'll all play a bigger role later on in the ride, but they haven't tipped their hand on that just yet.</p><p>Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World Resort will close on January 23, 2023. The closing date for Splash Mountain at Disneyland has not yet been released.</p><p>The opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort is still 2024, with no specific dates as it is a bit far off.</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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The Essential Guide to Disney's Festival of the Holidays at EPCOT 2022
<p><strong>EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 2022 is Here and Runs Through December 30</strong></p><p><br>In <a href="https://share.transistor.fm/s/2bcbf4a8">last week's episode</a> we shared the complete Foodie Guide for the 2022 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays (including our top picks), this week we share everything else you need to know for EPCOT Festival of the Holidays...</p><p><br>Disney rides are getting into the holiday spirit at EPCOT. Living with the Land – Glimmering Greenhouses is a holiday overlay version of this popular ride, featuring Christmas light displays throughout (and a few other Christmas surprises). While over at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind get ready for an all-new holiday remix with a Guardians twist.</p><p>The Candlelight Processional is nightly at America Gardens Theatre. It features celebrity narrators retelling the Christmas story accompanied by the Voices of Liberty a capella ensemble, a 50-piece live orchestra with herald trumpets, and choirs that include Disney cast members and local community groups.</p><p><br>Celebrity narrators making their debut this year include Gloria Estefan, Josh Gad, Simu Liu, Mariska Hargitay, Raúl Esparza and Daymond John. See the <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/main-street-news/disney-after-hours-is-coming-back-to-walt-disney-world-in-2023">full line-up of Candlelight Processional celebrity narrators and performance dates on our previous post</a>.</p><p><br>Other Festival of the Holidays highlights include:</p><ul><li>“JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season” is an uplifting performance of music celebrating Christmas and Kwanzaa on the World Showcase Plaza Stage, with multiple performances daily.</li><li>Global holiday traditions come to life in World Showcase with storytellers, musicians and more. Watch for Las Posadas Celebration featuring Mariachi Cobre at the Mexico pavilion, the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs in the Canada pavilion, a Hanukkah storyteller on the promenade between Morocco and France and more storytellers in France, Italy, Japan, Norway and UK.</li><li>Holiday Kitchens offer festive recipes and drinks—from spiced pumpkin punch and cranberry mimosas to slow-roasted turkey with stuffing and pork schnitzel with braised red cabbage. Treats are everywhere, from linzer cookies and maple bûche de noël to chocolate-peppermint donuts.</li><li>Latin-American heritage is celebrated at the all-new Nochebuena Cocina Holiday Kitchen, featuring traditional dishes served during the holiday season. </li><li>The Holiday Cookie Stroll gives you the opportunity to embark on a sweet adventure. Buy any five cookies from the official Cookie Stroll locations and collect matching stamps in your Festival Passport. Then bring it to Holiday Sweets &amp; Treats and you'll get a specialty cookie.</li><li>Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt is on to search for holiday traditions Olaf has gathered from around the world.</li><li>You can Christmas shop at EPCOT with unique shopping from around the globe. </li><li>And finally, no holiday celebration is complete without visiting Santa. Now through Deceber 24, Santa Claus pays a visit to The Odyssey, giving you the opportunity to say hello, pose for a photo and ask for some items from your Christmas wish list.</li></ul><p>--</p><p><br><strong>Lunar New Year Celebration and Disney California Adventure Food &amp; Wine Festival are back in 2023</strong></p><p><br>Two festivals return to Disney California Adventure in 2023. The Lunar New Year celebration from January 20 to February 15, 2023, and Disney California Food &amp; Wine Festival from March 3 to April 25, 2023. </p><p><br><strong>Lunar New Year, January 20 – February 15, 2023</strong></p><p>Disney California Adventure will ring in the Lunar New Year with a tribute to Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures with a multicultural celebration. 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. In Chinese culture, the rabbit has the unique characteristic of waiting for an opportune moment and then leaping into action. The rabbit symbolizes luck. Disney will also be recognizing the Vietnamese zodiac calendar during the Lunar New Year celebration, which marks 2023 as the Year of the Cat.</p><p>Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be there in their festive attire, plus Mulan and Mushu from Mulan.</p><p><br>The centerpiece will be “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession,” a vibrant performance hosted by Mulan and Mushu, that features dozens of spirited parade performers as they honor family, friendship, and the potential for a fortune-filled new year. For 2023, the procession will be extended throughout all of California Adventure with the parade route from Paradise Gardens through Hollywood Land.</p><p><br>The culinary landscape will expand with two new Lunar New Year marketplaces: Bamboo Blessings and Wrapped with Love. They will join the returning marketplaces, including Lucky 8 Lantern, Prosperity Bao &amp; Buns, Red Spice Traders, and Longevity Noodle Co. With the Sip and Savor pass you can taste you way through six food &amp; non-alcoholic drink selections from participating marketplaces and dining locations.</p><p>World of Color's “Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration” is the heartwarming nighttime water show that tells the tale of a little lantern’s quest to reunite with family for the annual celebration of good luck and fortune. Check the Disneyland app for showtimes.</p><p><br>More fun includes crafts, Chinese calligraphy demos and the Lucky Wishes Wall, where you can write your hopes for 2023. More festival items will be at Paradise Garden Grill and Lucky Fortune Cookery.  </p><p>Beginning January 20, Raya will be there. Under a forest canopy deep in the heart of Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, you may find Raya for a meet and greet.</p><p><strong>Disney California Adventure Food &amp; Wine Festival, March 3 – April 25, 2023</strong></p><p>For 2023 the festival includes 12 marketplaces that feature sweet and savory foods along with cocktails, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. The Sip and Savor pass will be available for purchase at the festival.</p><p>Entertainment includes the Jammin’ Chefs, Chef Goofy, and the Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Unbirthday Party show. There will be more entertainment on the Palisades Stage and the Paradise Gardens bandstand. Plus there are crafts, free weekend culinary demonstrations, and artist events and signings.</p><p><br>Soarin’ Over California will return for a limited time during the festival. </p><p><br>There are signature events where you can expand your knowledge on wine, beer and spirits. These include the Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions, Trader Sam’s Mixology Seminars, a Craftsman Grill mixology seminar and a Grand Tasting event at the Disneyland Hotel.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Aulani, A Disney Resort &amp; Spa Refurbishment Update: Ka Maka Pool</strong></p><p><br>Ka Maka Pool and Grotto, including Ka Maka whirlpool spa, will be unavailable from December 5 - 9, 2022. Other water features will still be available, including Waikolohe Pool and Stream, the two water slides, multiple whirlpool spas, Keiki Cove splash zone, and Wailana Pool.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). 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Why the New Walt Disney World Ticket Price Hikes Might Not Matter to You
<p><strong>What the New Disney World Ticket Pricing Will Mean for You</strong></p><p><br>Beginning December 8, Walt Disney World will introduce park-specific pricing on 1-day, 1-park tickets. This means you will now have to select a date and theme park <em>before</em> buying your park ticket. When you buy a 1-Day ticket for a specific date and theme park, a theme park reservation will automatically be made for you at the time of purchase. </p><p><br>For Disney travelers who buy multi-day Walt Disney World tickets, nothing will change and you will continue to make theme park reservations<strong>.</strong></p><p>With the new park-specific pricing, Magic Kingdom Park will be priced at the highest level as it still the crown jewel and the most-visited theme park in the world. </p><p><br>One-day Disney World ticket prices will be as follows: </p><p><br></p><ul><li><strong>Disney’s Animal Kingdom:</strong> $109-$159 (same range as today)</li><li><strong>Disney’s Hollywood Studios:</strong> $124-$179</li><li><strong>EPCOT:</strong> $114-$179</li><li><strong>Magic Kingdom Park:</strong> $124-$189  (Note: The $189 price for the week of Christmas to New Year’s.)</li></ul><p><strong><em>Park Hopper Add-on</em></strong> </p><ul><li>On December 8 there will also be new pricing for Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus add-ons. </li></ul><p><strong><em>Annual Passes </em></strong> </p><ul><li>On December 8, Annual Pass pricing for the Incredi-, Sorcerer and Pirate Annual Passes will increase between $43-100. The Disney Pixie Dust Pass will remain at its current price.</li><li>The Disney Pixie Dust Pass remains available for purchase, but the other three Annual Passes are still not for sale. All Annual Passes continue to be available for renewal.</li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>Disney Dining: New Same Day Cancellation Policy</strong></p><p><br>You can now cancel dining reservations up to two hours before your meal without being charged a cancellation fee.</p><p>Use the My Disney Experience app or DisneyWorld.com and click the cancellation button up to two hours prior to your scheduled time to cancel free of charge. If they don't cancel by then or don't show up, the credit card provided at the time of reservation will be charged a $10 fee per person.</p><p><br>Note there are some exclusions. This does NOT apply to Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Victoria &amp; Albert’s and Monsieur Paul. Each of these venues has its own dining cancellation policy.</p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>Disney Cruise Line Announces Acquisition of Ship with Plans to Visit New Markets</strong></p><p><br>Disney announced they acquired a partially completed ship that will bring Disney Cruise Line to new global destinations. Disney will work with the Meyer Werft shipbuilding company to complete the cruise ship previously known as the Global Dream in Wismar, Germany. The ship will be renamed with certain features reimagined under the world-renowned expertise of Walt Disney Imagineers and is expected to set sail in 2025. <br>The new ship will be based outside the United States.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Mickey’s Toontown to Reopen at Disneyland Park on March 8, 2023<br></strong><br></p><p>The official reopening date of Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland Park is March 8, 2023.</p><p><br>Highlights include:</p><ul><li>Goofy’s How-To-Play Yard, including a sound garden where kids will discover new ways to make noise and enjoy an all-new elevated clubhouse</li><li>inside there will be an interactive candy-making contraption that begins outside of Goofy’s home, as drips of honey fall from a beehive onto a chute that slides the colorful drops around and down into the home. Junior candymakers will help Goofy make the candy.</li><li>Donald’s Boat will be perched in the duck pond of the Goof homestead. Kids will enjoy making a splash here.</li><li>Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster is a fun-sized coaster for the town’s tiniest citizens.</li><li>At Mickey’s House and Minnie’s House you'll still be able to step inside to enjoy a self-guided tour. You may even be able to visit with Mickey and Minnie while they're there. </li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>Festive PhotoPass Fun at Walt Disney World Resort</strong></p><p><br>The holiday atmosphere is in full swing at Walt Disney World and Disney PhotoPass photographers have a ton of holly-jolly props, Magic Shots, and more. Be sure to keep a lookout for where to find them.</p><p><br>After dark in front of the Christmas trees at EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Disney Springs.</p><p>On the bridge leading from Oasis to Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, on Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, at all World Celebration locations at EPCOT, at the Disney PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs, and in Magic Kingdom Park at the entrance, the PhotoPass Studio inside Sir Mickey’s, and on Main Street, U.S.A.</p><p><br>These are just a few examples and there will be opportunities at most locations across Walt Disney World.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>The New Cake Bake Shop is Coming to Disney’s BoardWalk</strong></p><p><br>Disney has confirmed that the Cake Bake Shop is coming to Disney’s BoardWalk in 2023. This will replace the ESPN Club and is a table service restaurant and bakery.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Foodie Guide to EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays 2022</strong></p><p><br>The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays runs until December 30 and food is a big part of it. Here's what you will find, including our recommended top picks.</p><p><br><strong>Mele Kalikimaka (Near Port of Entry)</strong></p><p><strong>Food Items: </strong></p><ul><li>Kālua Pork with Okinawa sweet potatoes and mango salad</li><li>Lomi Lomi Salmon with tomatoes, onions, salmon roe, yuzu-mayonnaise, and yuca chips (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)<strong> </strong></li><li>Haupia: Hawaiian coconut pudding with candied macadamia nuts and coconut</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Kona Brewing Co. Big Wave Golden Ale</li><li>Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine</li><li>Melon Breeze with Spiced Rum</li></ul><p><strong>Holiday Sweets &amp; Treats (Near Port of Entry):</strong></p><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Hot Cocoa (Non-alcoholic)</li><li>Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea (Non-alcoholic)</li><li>Breckenridge Brewery Christmas Ale</li><li>Playalinda Brewing Co. Coquito Beer</li><li>Brew Hub S’mores Porter</li><li>Hot Cocoa with assorted alcoholic cordials (Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Liqueur, or Fireball Cinnamon Whisky)</li><li>Chocolate Peppermint Shake: Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and Whipped Cream Vodka</li><li>Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong>Nochebuena Cocina (Near Port of Entry) </strong><strong><em>(New)</em></strong></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>IMPOSSIBLE Chorizo Tamale with plant-based cotija cheese and spicy red Chile sauce <strong><em>(New) </em></strong>(Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) (Plant-based Item)<strong> </strong></li><li>Pernil: Mojo Pork with tostones and ketchup-mayonnaise <strong><em>(New</em></strong><em>) </em>(Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)</li><li>Alfajores: Vanilla shortbread cookie with dulce de leche and coconut <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>(Cookie Stroll)</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>81Bay Brewing Co. Horchata Beer</li><li>Chai Ginger Mule featuring Boyd &amp; Blair Potato Vodka</li></ul><p><strong>Chestnuts &amp; Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen (Near Test Track Presented by Chevrolet)</strong></p><p><strong>Food Items: </strong></p><ul><li>Cinnamon-glazed Almonds <strong>(Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)</strong></li><li>Cinnamon-glazed Ca...</li></ul>
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Top Picks: 2022 Disney World & Disneyland Christmas Foodie Guide
<p><strong>Disneyland Adventureland Treehouse will Return with a New Look in 2023<br></strong><br></p><p>There are more details about the future of the treehouse in Adventureland at Disneyland park.</p><p><br>When it reopens in 2023 the Adventureland Treehouse will be themed after Walt Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson tree house--just as it is in Walt Disney World. This is likely because Disney is working on a remake of the 1960 movie as a new Swiss Family series on Disney+.</p><p><br>The renewed treehouse will have new environments created among the branches of the giant tree on the shores of the Jungle River. From the mother’s music den to the young sons’ nature room to the teenage daughter’s astronomer’s loft, everything is created from found objects, natural resources, and pure ingenuity (just like the Disney fairies do). More news to come as it's released</p><p><br><strong>--</strong></p><p><br><strong>Walt Disney World Pool Closure </strong></p><p><br>The Oak Manor leisure pool in Magnolia Bend at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside was recently closed for a brief refurbishment.</p><p>Ol’ Man Island and other leisure pools around the resort will remain open and available. The Oak Manor pool will reopen at some point in mid-December.</p><p><strong>--<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Festive Foodie Guide to Resorts at Walt Disney World</strong></p><p><strong>Available at Various Resorts </strong></p><ul><li>Apple Tart: Classic apple tart with crunchy streusel and cinnamon glaze <em>(Available Dec. 25 only; mobile order available)</em>; Available at: <ul><li>World Premiere at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort</li><li>Intermission at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort</li><li>End Zone at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort</li><li>Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort</li><li>Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort</li><li>Sassagoula Floatworks at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter</li><li>Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside</li><li>Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort</li></ul></li><li>Christmas Feast: Roasted turkey dinner, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, seasonal vegetables, and cranberry relish <em>(Available Dec. 25 only; mobile order available)</em>; Available at: <ul><li>World Premiere at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort</li><li>Intermission at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort</li><li>End Zone at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort</li><li>Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort</li><li>Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort</li><li>Contempo Cafe at Disney’s Contemporary Resort</li><li>Sassagoula Floatworks at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter</li><li>Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside</li><li>Capt. Cook's at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort</li><li>Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort</li></ul></li><li>Peppermint Bark: Dark and white chocolate with peppermint <em>(Available Dec. 1 through 31); </em>Available at: <ul><li>World Premiere at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort</li><li>Intermission at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort</li><li>End Zone at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort</li><li>Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort</li><li>Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort</li><li>Sassagoula Floatworks at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter</li><li>Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside</li><li>Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort</li></ul></li></ul><p>Walking in a Plant-based Snowland: Chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream and a flurry of snowflake sprinkles <strong>(Plant-based) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)</strong><strong><em> (New) </em></strong><em>(Available Dec. 1 through 31; mobile order available)</em>. Available at: </p><ul><li>World Premiere at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort</li><li>Intermission at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort</li><li>End Zone at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort</li><li>Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort</li><li>Centertown Market and Spyglass Grill at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort</li><li>Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter</li><li>Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside</li><li>Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort</li></ul><p><strong><em>Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort </em></strong></p><p><strong>World Premiere Food Court and End Zone Food Court </strong><em>(Available Dec. 1 - 31; mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>All Star Christmas Tree: Gingerbread-spiced macaron Christmas tree with passionfruit ganache, coconut buttercream, and a white chocolate (all) star <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong><em>Disney’s All-Star Music Resort </em></strong></p><p><strong>Intermission Food Court </strong><em>(Mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>All Star Christmas Tree: Gingerbread-spiced macaron Christmas tree with passionfruit ganache, coconut buttercream, and a white chocolate (all) star <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available Dec. 1 through 31)</em></li><li>Gingerbread Sundae: Gingerbread soft-serve in a waffle bowl topped with M&amp;M's chocolate candies, chocolate sauce, and a chocolate gingerbread boy <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available Dec. 1 through 31)</em></li><li>Candy Cane Latte: Café latte with peppermint and white chocolate <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available Dec. 1 through Dec. 31) </em></li></ul><p><strong><em>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge </em></strong></p><p><strong>Jiko – The Cooking Place </strong><em>(Available Dec. 24 through 31) </em></p><ul><li>Holiday Feast: Bone-in ribeye, preserved lemon and almond haricot verts, herb roasted potatoes, roasted radicchio, and tart cherry wine reduction</li></ul><p><strong>The Mara </strong><em>(Available Nov. 28 through Dec. 31; mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Mickey Santa Hat: Chai mousse with coconut marshmallow <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Sanaa </strong><em>(Available Dec. 25 only) </em></p><ul><li>Celebrate the Season Dinner: Roast prime rib with Jus Lie, mukimo, fall vegetables with fig butter, and mushroom conserva</li></ul><p><strong><em>Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort  </em></strong></p><p><strong>Landscape of Flavors and Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining </strong><em>(Available Dec. 1 through 31; mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Deer Holly-day Cupcake: Chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate ganache topped with peanut butter cream cheese buttercream and festive sprinkles <strong><em>(New)</em></strong><strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong><em>Disney’s Beach Club Resort </em></strong></p><p><strong>Beaches and Cream </strong><em>(Available Nov. 28 through Dec. 31) </em><strong> </strong></p><ul><li>Holiday Shake: Cookie butter milkshake with caramel drizzle and holiday sprinkles, topped with a Christmas tree cupcake <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beach Club Marketplace </strong><em>(Mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Peppermint Trifle: Peppermint white chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, chocolate cookie crumble, dark chocolate peppermint mousse with whipped cream, chocolate curls, and crisp pearl décor <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available Dec. 1 through Jan. 1) </em></li><li>Merry Mickey Cupcake: Traditional vanilla cupcake and vanilla buttercream with chocolate Mickey ears and holiday décor <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available through Jan. 1) </em></li><li>Christmas Tree D...</li></ul>
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Gingerbread Guide to Christmas Holidays at Disney World and Disneyland
<p><strong>Foodie Guide to Disney Holiday Gingerbread Treats and Displays 2022<br></strong><br></p><p>If you've ever been to Disneyland or Walt Disney World during the holidays, you know that the sights and smells of Disney gingerbread displays are the true showstopper. </p><p><br>So Disney pastry teams have been hard at work bringing gingerbread holiday traditions to life for 2022. </p><p>Here is everything you need to know about Disney Christmas gingerbread for this holiday season.</p><p><br><strong><em>At Walt Disney World<br></em></strong><br></p><p>As always there are multiple gingerbread displays to discover at Disney resort hotels. The biggest and most famous of all is the gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort &amp; Spa. This life size gingerbread creation features clouds of cinnamon smoke puffing out of its chimney. The gingerbread for this storybook gingerbread house is made from a classic Austrian recipe. The Grand Floridian gingerbread house decked out with white chocolate, candy canes, edible snowflakes, sugar poinsettias, and 25 hidden Mickeys! On the porches surrounding the house, you’ll find an 85-pound chocolate Santa, nutcrackers, toy soldiers, and snowmen that have all been hand-painted by the Grand Floridian Bakery team.</p><p>This year, for the 50th Anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World Resort, the gingerbread displays feature extra colors and accents inspired by the signature EARidescent look. And of course, in true Disney style, you can even get limited edition pins, mugs, holiday ornaments, and treats! </p><p>Here's what you can buy at the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House:</p><ul><li>Freshly baked, homemade Gingerbread Mickeys and Shingles, Stollen Bread, Brownie Christmas Tree, and Chocolate Peppermint Bark</li><li>House-made Gingerbread Ornaments and Gingerbread Houses</li><li>New items include Gingerbread Latte Whoopie Pie and Hot Cocoa Bombs</li><li>There are assorted Gingerbread Cookie Bags, Marshmallow Pops, and a Caramel Pecan Fudge Bar</li><li>There are also gluten-friendly, plant-based, and no-sugar-added treats</li><li>The Grand Floridian Combo Box features assorted fan favorite treats, including the Chocolate Mickey Ornament, which is exclusive to the Combo Box</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/60670035">Shop for Grand Floridian Gingerbread Bakery shirts and more merchandise</a>.</p><p>At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, a Life-sized Baby Gingerbread Giraffe and a Gingerbread Baby Zebra will appear (November 23). Starting December 6, you can even purchase a Gingeraffe Cookie to enjoy!</p><p> </p><p>At Disney’s Beach Club Resort, a gingerbread holiday classic has returned. Since 1999, this resort has been home to the life-sized carousel (and it actually turns). This carousel and its horses are created with chocolate, sugar, and fondant along with hand-painted characters and hand-crafted gingerbread shingles and snowflakes decorating the display. What makes this year extra special is that all the horses will celebrate a different Disney princess. </p><p> </p><p>Don't worry, there are limited edition pins, mugs, holiday ornaments and treats including:</p><ul><li>Signature Stollen Bread</li><li>Candied Pecans (Plant-based)</li><li>Trio of Fudge</li><li>Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Snowman</li><li>Crispy Rice Treat</li><li>Chocolate Mickey Cookie <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Peppermint Bark</li><li>Gingerbread Shingle</li><li>Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie (Gluten-Friendly)</li><li>Gingerbread Cookie (Gluten-Friendly)</li></ul><p>Nearby at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn their classic gingerbread creation returns on November 17. It's a miniature, edible version of the BoardWalk Deli. Treats you can buy here include:</p><ul><li>Mickey and Minnie Sugar Cookies</li><li>BoardWalk Mickey Sugar Cookie <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Giant Gingerbread Mickey Cookie <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Gluten-Friendly &amp; Plant-based Gingerbread Mickey Cookie</li><li>Artisan Peppermint Marshmallows <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Carnival Bark <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Gingerbread Frost Cocktail</li></ul><p>At Disney’s Contemporary Resort the bakery team is back for its 11th year creating their holiday gingerbread display. It arrives on November 11 at 11:00 a.m. The 50th Anniversary Themed Castle Display is a Mary Blair-inspired castle designed by Walt Disney Imagineers and will feature a brand-new 50thanniversary overlay… and 11 hidden 5-legged goats! </p><p>Don’t forget to check for the limited-edition pins, mugs, and holiday ornaments to remember the season. Treats at the Contemporary include:</p><ul><li>50th Anniversary Gingerbread Castle Brick <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Family Tradition Cookie Box featuring a Coconut Macaron from Chef Jeff’s family, a Sugar Cookie from Chef Kelly’s family, a Butterball from Chef Amber’s family, and a Kitchen Sink Cookie representing all the Cast in the Bakery coming together to bring this display back! <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Chocolate Peppermint Cookie</li><li>Linzer Cookie</li><li>Gluten-friendly 5-Legged Goat Sugar Cookie <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Dark Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Bar <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Hot Cocoa Bombs <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Frozen drinks with optional alcohol floaters: <ul><li>Frozen Coquito with a rum floater</li><li>Frozen Hot Chocolate with peppermint schnapps</li><li>Frozen Apple Cider with a fireball floater</li></ul></li></ul><p>And there's more:</p><p>·       At several spots across all resorts there's a new Gingerbread Martini with Absolut Elyx Vodka, Rumchata Cream Liqueur, and gingerbread spice featuring a rim of gingerbread, freshly baked in the Resort Bakery. It’s the perfect blend of sugar, spice, and everything nice. You'll find this holiday drink at the Grand Floridian Café, Cítricos, and Enchanted Rose at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort &amp; Spa, Boma: Flavors of Africa and Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Chef Mickey’s and Outer Rim at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and dinner at Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.</p><p>·       Also returning this year are pin signings with Disney pastry chefs! Dates and times will vary by resort.</p><p>At the Disney World Parks</p><p>·       The American Adventure at EPCOT will have a display beginning November 25. This unique display recreates classic monuments in America and EPCOT with gingerbread versions of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, The American Adventure building with Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts &amp; Barbecue, and a Festival Kiosk.</p><p>·       The gingerbread displays are not just found on land – they’re also taking to the high seas with the Disney Cruise Line fleet! All five ships will continue the yearly tradition of having the pastry teams onboard build a unique atrium display on the ships. The Disney Wish will join for its inaugural holiday season with an 8-foot-tall, eight-layer masterpiece. Each gingerbread house is unique for each ship and the Disney pastry teams compete to see which Disney ship has the best house!</p><p><strong><em>At Disneyland<br></em></strong><br></p><p>Inside the Haunted Mansion, Disneyland guests will uncover the Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House. The pastry team takes over 20 days to bring this nearly 300-pound creation with three moving elements to life. </p><p>Starting November 14, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel &amp; Spa will be home once again to one of its best holiday traditions – the “Grand” Gingerbread House. This giant gingerbread replica of the hotel is ...</p>
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Blizzard Beach will Reopen with a Twist, plus Thanksgiving at Disney World
<p><strong>Blizzard Beach Water Park Reopens November 13 at Walt Disney World (But you Might Not Like Some of the New Additions)</strong></p><p><br>Just in time for Winter, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is set to reopen for the holiday season. Following a lengthy refurbishment, Blizzard Beach has a few surprises in store -- most notably that is has been rethemed with elements from Frozen. </p><p>Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Here's what's in store in the new Blizzard Beach.</p><p><br><strong>Frozen friends at Tike’s Peak</strong></p><p>Tike’s Peak is the kids' area and it now features Frozen fun for the little ones. Mini slides and attractions, an Anna and Elsa igloo castle, a wading pool area with Olaf and friends, there's Frozen fun for every kid.</p><p><strong>Blizzard Beach for the Holiday Season</strong></p><p>Feel the holidays there are limited-time food and beverage offerings such as Orange Bird DOLE Whip cone and Peppermint Milkshake. Through December 31, there will be a merry atmosphere with daily snowfall, holiday music, festive inner tubes and even a tropical-dressed Santa.</p><p><strong>Take the Plunge Down Summit Plummet</strong></p><p>Did you know that Summit Plummet is the fastest attraction and scariest ride at Walt Disney World? Descend Mount Gushmore in a near-vertical drop on the tallest and fastest freefall body slide in town.</p><p><strong>New and Old Favorite Food and Drink Creations</strong></p><p>New food at Blizzard Beach includes Cajun Shrimp and Grits, and Watta-Melon Passion Lemonade from Lottawatta Lounge. Returning favorite flavors include seasonal DOLE Whip offerings, a Double Bacon Cheeseburger and the iconic 50th Ice Dream Sand Pail Sundae.</p><p><strong>Polar Patios are the Way to Go for Upscale Blizzard Beach</strong></p><p>You can rent a private patio at Blizzard Beach complete with polar perks like comfortable seating options and refillable drink mugs for a relaxing break from the action.</p><p><strong>Toboggan Runners, the Race is On</strong></p><p>Get in the holiday spirit and zoom down a water slide toboggan style. The course is full of dips, hills and fierce competition as you race against friends and family to see who will win.</p><p><strong>Family Fun at Teamboat Springs</strong></p><p>Teamboat Springs is one of the longest whitewater raft adventures in the world. There are twists and turns, unpredictable rapids and drenching sprays of water as these oversized inner-tube rafts venture down the waterslide.</p><p><strong>The Ski-riffic Way to the Top of Mount Gushmore</strong></p><p>Take in the view of the snowy setting and embark on a leisurely journey to the top of Mount Gushmore on the Blizzard Beach chairlift. The chairlift goes to Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher and Teamboat Springs.</p><p><strong>Runoff Rapids</strong></p><p>Speed down Mount Gushmore on three unique slides with twists and turns along the way, ending in a huge splashdown at the bottom.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Colorful Bursts of Flavor and Fun Coming to EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Jan. 13 - Feb. 20, 2023<br></strong><br></p><p>The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts returns January 13, 2023 and runs through February 20, 2023. The festival is a global celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts.</p><p>16 Food Studios will serve up art-inspired menus appealing to a variety of palates. The creations are not just delicious, but true works of art.</p><p>And this just in: The EPCOT Festival culinary team is putting finishing touches on two new Food Studios. Moderne, located near Test Track, will feature new avant-garde menu items. The other new Food Studio, Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: <em>Art, Food, and Little Sparks of Magic, </em>promises to deliver treats and beverages bursting with vibrant colors and flavors. </p><p>During the festival, more than 100 Disney and visiting artists will showcase their art. You can also learn to draw a Disney character at Animation Academy, and leave yourcreative mark at Expression Section: A Paint by Number Mural. Or help Figment learn about art on a scavenger hunt around World Showcase.</p><p>Each evening, the DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series will feature talented entertainers performing Disney songs live at America Gardens Theatre. Full list of entertainers coming soon.</p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Foodie Guide 2022<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Walt Disney World Resort <br></strong><br></p><p><strong><em>Resorts <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Available at Multiple Resorts </strong></p><ul><li>Falling for Plant-based: Cupcake with chocolate buttercream and autumn quins (Plant-based) (Gluten/ Wheat-friendly) <em>(New) (Available November 1 - 27; mobile order available)</em>: <ul><li><strong>Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort </strong></li><li><strong>World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort </strong></li><li><strong>End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort</strong></li><li><strong>Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort </strong></li><li><strong>Centertown Market and Spyglass Grill at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort</strong></li><li><strong>Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort</strong></li><li><strong>Riverside Mill and Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and French Quarter </strong></li></ul></li><li>Thanksgiving Dinner: Roast turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, vegetables, and cranberry relish <em>(Available November 24 only; mobile order available)</em>: <ul><li><strong>Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort </strong></li><li><strong>World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort </strong></li><li><strong>End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort</strong></li><li><strong>Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort </strong></li><li><strong>Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort</strong></li><li><strong>Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort</strong></li><li><strong>Cook's at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort </strong></li><li><strong>Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort</strong></li><li><strong>Riverside Mill and Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and French Quarter </strong></li><li><strong>The Artist's Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort &amp; Spa</strong></li><li><strong>Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge</strong></li></ul></li><li>Pumpkin Tart: Classic pumpkin tart with whipped cream <em>(Available November 24 only; mobile order available)</em>: <ul><li><strong>Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort </strong></li><li><strong>World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort </strong></li><li><strong>End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort</strong></li><li><strong>Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort </strong></li><li><strong>Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort</strong></li><li><strong>Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort</strong></li><li><strong>Riverside Mill and Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and French Quarter</strong></li></ul></li></ul><p><strong><em>Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort <br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Intermission Food Court, World Premiere Food C...</strong></p>
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Three Very Popular Restaurants Reopening at Walt Disney World
<p><strong>More Restaurants are Reopening at Walt Disney World (including character dining)<br></strong><br></p><p>Three more restaurants will soon reopen at Walt Disney World: Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at EPCOT.</p><p><br>Starting November 1, <strong>Tusker House</strong> will transition to an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet. For breakfast the menu will include an assortment of pastries (like Zebra Coffee Cake), breakfast classics (like Simba Waffles and Mickey Waffles), and a variety of breakfast meats.</p><p>For lunch and dinner the menu will include various breads and dips, house specialties like the Spit-roasted Tandoori Chicken and Green Curry Shrimp, plant-based options including the Cauliflower Bunny Chow, and various salads. There are also classics for the kids, including corn dog nuggets and macaroni and cheese. And of course, there are plenty of desserts as well</p><p>Characters will also be back, as Donald Duck and friends will take a break from their safari adventure to celebrate with you. </p><p>At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, <strong>Kona Cafe</strong> will reopen November 1. The newly refurbished look, feel, and some food will be different. Kona Cafe will feature American cuisine with Asian flare, but you can still watch chefs at work in the onstage sushi kitchen.</p><p>Breakfast favorites like Tonga Toast and Pineapple Macadamia Nut Pancakes will still be served at breakfast. But also watch for other menu items, like the Big Kahuna Burger and Seafood Pu Pu Platter and a new plant-based dinner offering, the Sautéed Red Quinoa.</p><p>Finally, <strong>Akershus Royal Banquet Hall</strong> will reopen its doors on November 4. This is located at the Norway pavilion at EPCOT and features Norwegian cuisine.</p><p><em>Want to know how to pronounce Akershus? </em><br>Listen to hear the proper way to pronounce Akershus (you're probably saying it wrong). Akershus is a county in Norway, which is where the name originates.</p><p>This is a family-style dining restaurant including traditional Norwegian food including meatballs and the Norwegian version of chicken and dumplings. They also offer classic American-cuisine including mashed potatoes and gravy, grilled salmon, and macaroni &amp; cheese. Desserts include a rice cream with strawberry sauce and a chocolate roulade with lingonberry cream.</p><p>And yes, the Disney Princesses are back for Storybook Dining. </p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ will be Celebrated at Disneyland's Avengers Campus</strong></p><p><br>In “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the leaders of Wakanda fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must forge a new path for their beloved kingdom. At Disneyland you join the journey.</p><p><br>From November 11, 2022 through January 8, 2023, you can encounter, learn from and celebrate the arrival of new visiting warriors, taste Wakanda-inspired delicacies, discover props from the film and more in Avengers Campus. Plus you can pose with a special art installation in Downtown Disney.</p><p><br>Visit Avengers Campus to witness the introduction of the next warrior taking on the legendary mantle of the Black Panther. </p><p>At Flavors of Wakanda marketplace in the Hollywood Backlot you can try spiced traditional African dishes and experience the vibrant culture of Wakanda through its food. Wakanda-inspired delicacies include the Peri-Peri Chicken with yellow Jollof rice, the Butterfly Pea Tea Lemonade, the Dawa beverage, consisting of vodka, lemonade, honey, ginger beer and butterfly pea tea, and Maafe, a ground peanut stew with sweet potatoes, tomatoes, black-eyed peas and spices, served with naan.</p><p>At Shawarma Palace and Shawarma Palace Too inside Avengers Campus, try the Wakandan Roasted Pork Wrap, featuring spiced pork with black garlic sauce and chermoula.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Adventures by Disney to Debut Its First-Ever Adriatic Sea Expedition Cruise in 2024<br></strong><br></p><p>In 2024, guests can set sail on Adventures by Disney expedition cruises exploring Antarctica, the Arctic and the Galapagos Islands, as well as an all-new itinerary in the picturesque Adriatic Sea. This famed waterway filled with captivating history, exquisite cuisine and breathtaking views provides the perfect setting for an enchanting adventure.    </p><p>The eight-day, seven-night round-trip sailing from Venice, Italy, will visit seven ports in Croatia and Montenegro before returning to the Floating City. The chartered Adventures by Disney expedition voyage is planned for two sailings in 2024.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Disney's Price Increase Won't Fix Genie+, Plus New Food at Disney World
<p><strong>Disney Genie+ will now cost you more at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort</strong></p><p><br>To manage demand for Disney Genie+, Disney is has switched to a variable pricing model, but in our opinion the price still is not high enough to curb demand.</p><p><br>At Disneyland Resort, Disney Genie+ now costs $25 per day when purchased in advance as an add-on with a new ticket or vacation packages. Single-day purchases through the Disneyland app will start at $25 per day, and may vary by date, based on demand. WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure at Disney’s California Adventure Park is now part of Disney Genie+.</p><p><br>At Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Genie+ will also vary in price based on the date you're visiting. Prices may be lower on less busy days and higher during peak periods like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Prices are expected to range between $15 and $22 per day.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Some Great New Food is Now Available at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels<br></strong><br></p><p><strong><em>Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort &amp; Spa</em></strong><br> Enchanted Rose has some great new editions. These include a charcuterie board, artisanal cheese selection, and hummus with tapenade, smoked paprika, and grilled pita bread. The Smoked Trout and Crab Dip features salmon roe, chive oil, and sesame seed lavosh combined into an elegant tasty dish.</p><p> </p><p>If you like caviar, this includes Siberian caviar, an egg yolk spread, crème fraiche, caper berries and brioche. Lastly, the Seasonal Flatbread is topped with artichoke, fig, ricotta, roasted garlic and watercress. </p><p><strong><em>Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside</em></strong> <br> Boatwright’s Dining Hall has expanded to include more authentic Cajun and Southern flavors to the menu. </p><p>The Lowcountry Seafood Boil is a classic filled with shrimp, mussels, and Andouille sausage with corn on the cob and potatoes simmered in a spicy Cajun brother (it comes with a toasted baguette). The slow-roasted Blackened Prime Rib is topped with Cajun butter and served with classic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.</p><p>The Taste of the Bayou is an all-you-care-to-enjoy platter with hickory-smoked pork ribs, crispy Cajun chicken, smoked sausage, barbecued beef brisket, mashed potatoes, mac &amp; cheese, roasted corn with Cajun butter, and seasonal vegetables.</p><p>For a plant-based offering, try the Harvest Red Beans and Rice. This features red beans simmered with plant-based sausage, peppers, onions, and celery served over rice along with cornbread.</p><p>For dessert you can choose between the Southern Cheesecake (a classic vanilla cheesecake with a bourbon-caramel sauce garnished with pecan-praline brittle), the plant-based Peach-Blackberry Cobbler (a classic peach and blackberry cobbler topped with blackberry sorbet), or the Mississippi Mud Crème Brûlée (a milk chocolate crème brûlée with a sablé breton cookie and fresh fruit).</p><p>For the little ones, try the <em>Row Row Oar Your Boat Sundae</em> and <em>Cookies and Milk</em> featuring two house-made chocolate chip cookies.</p><p>Rounding out all of these new offerings is a new cocktail – the Big Easy Whisky Sour. This drink combines Maker’s Mark Bourbon, lemon juice, and pure cane sugar with a float of Fess Parker Big Easy Red Blend.</p><p> </p><p>At the River Roost Lounge they have a new plant-based dish and a signature drink. The Spinach and Artichoke Dip is a creamy new dip served with Cajun-dusted cornbread crostini. The French 75 is a fizzy cocktail made with Argyle Sparkling Brut, Hendricks Gin, fresh lemon juice and pure cane sugar.</p><p> </p><p><strong><em>Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter</em></strong><br> The Scat Cat’s Club – Lounge has a plant-based Sassy Sassagoula Sliders dish. This trio features BBQ jack fruit with slaw and fried pickles, fried green tomatoes with giardiniera and pepper jelly, and a ‘fish’ cake with spicy rémoulade and arugula.</p><p><strong><em>Disney’s Riviera Resort</em></strong><br> Bar Riva has a new Burrata Salad with heirloom tomatoes, fresh pesto and focaccia bread. The Salmon with Orzo is a seared salmon with Pomodroccio tapenade and lemon orzo. The Mushroom Arancini features risotto, mushrooms, cheese, and truffles with a house-made marinara.</p><p>For dessert, the Molten Chocolate Cake is a new edition. It's a warm chocolate cake with a molten center, topped with a raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries.</p><p>The Riviera also has a new signature sweet. The Riviera Signature Cookie bakes together semi-sweet chocolate chips, ground oats, California walnuts, toasted pistachios, dried cherries and flake sea salt. You'll this one at Primo Piatto.</p><p> </p><p><strong><em>Disney’s BoardWalk Inn</em></strong> <br> The Belle Vue Lounge has new signature cocktails and mocktails. The Orange Blossom Manhattan has made its debut at the resort. A holiday fan favorite, this beverage fits nicely within the year-round ambiance of Belle Vue Lounge. The Sparkling Hibiscus features Sorel Hibiscus Liqueur and sparkling grapefruit. The Agave Garden is a mocktail featuring Lyre’s Agave Reserve and passion fruit green tea.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Fantasmic! is Coming Back to Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World on November 3, 2022<br></strong><br></p><p>Disney has announced the return of Fantasmic! to Disney’s Hollywood Studios as of November 3, 2022. As an added bonus, the show will include a brand new sequence..</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>More Merry Magic Coming This Holiday Season to Disneyland Resort<br></strong><br></p><p>The holiday season festivities at Disneyland Resort take place between November 11, 2022 and January 8, 2023. Here are some additional details of what's in store.</p><p> </p><p>At Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park, holiday festivities include Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. New for 2022, <em>Tina and The Sounds of Celebration</em> perform holiday tunes with an uplifting repertoire of salsa, merengue, cumbia and rock Latino. Returning acts include the Mariachi Divas, Mostly Kosher, Blue13 Dance Company, Phat Cat Swinger and The Mistletoes, and the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party returns.</p><p> </p><p>Be sure to catch the character celebration “Mickey’s Happy Holidays” and the magically merry rhythms of the Holiday Toy Drummers performing throughout the day in Disney California Adventure Park.</p><p> </p><p> “World of Color – Season of Light” at Disney California Adventure Park and “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade and “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks will be on select evenings at Disneyland Park.</p><p>With MagicBand+ you'll be able to light up your Disneyland holiday experience in an all-new way this year. MagicBand+ will come alive with vibrations and colorful holiday lights during the nighttime spectaculars of “World of Color – Season of Light” and “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks.</p><p>Direct from the North Pole you can mingle with Santa Claus as he visits various locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including Critter Country in Disneyland Park, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney California Adventure Park and at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.</p><p>Eat, drink and be merry at the Festive Foods Marketplace in Disney California Adventure Park, with a seasonal smorgasbord of multicultural cuisine across nine different kiosks. Visions of Sugar Plums is an all-new added marketplace where you will find sweet and savory bites. </p><p>And don’t forget, the Disney Festival of Holidays Sip and Savor Pass is a terrific ...</p>
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Disney100 Celebrations Kick-off, plus New PhotoPass Lenses
<p><strong>Disney100 Celebration Begins on January 27, 2023<br></strong><br></p><p>The Disney100 anniversary celebration will officially kick off on January 27, 2023 at Disneyland Resort with special limited-time offerings taking place for all of 2023.</p><p><br>Starting January 27, Disneyland will get new platinum-infused décor across the resort, including new sparkling looks for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals, along with special food and beverage offerings, merchandise and more. Sleeping Beauty Castle will be adorned with platinum banners and bunting, accented by an array of polished gems featuring Flora, Fauna and Merryweather -- who will illuminate the castle with shimmering pixie dust. Two water fountains will grace either side of the castle moat, while a wishing star will sparkle from the tower above.</p><p><em>World of Color – One</em> at Disney California Adventure Park is a new version that will celebrate the storytelling legacy of Walt Disney. It will tell a new story of how a single action, like a drop of water, creates a ripple that can grow into a wave of change. The show will feature a new song: Start a Wave. </p><p>Disneyland Park will feature <em>Wondrous Journeys</em>, a new nighttime spectacular. It will have nods to every Walt Disney Animation Studios film so far. It will continue to build on the park’s projection effects, turning Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, the façade of it’s a small world and the Rivers of America into an artist’s canvas that brings characters to life. On select nights, <em>Wondrous Journeys</em> will go even bigger with the addition of fireworks above Disneyland. This show will also feature a new song: <em>It’s Wondrous</em>.</p><p>Even though Mickey’s Toontown isn't opening until spring 2023, Mickey &amp; Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction will open early to kick off Disney100 on January 27. </p><p>xx</p><p><strong>Disney PhotoPass Lenses Now Available at Disneyland along with more features in the Disneyland App<br></strong><br></p><p>Disney Genie+ now includes Disney PhotoPass Lenses in the Disneyland app – some of which are unique to Disneyland Resort. The app also offers the car locator, mobile checkout, cast compliments and more</p><p> </p><p>xx</p><p><strong>Aulani's Signature Dining Experience, ‘AMA‘AMA, Returns with a New, Locally-inspired Menu<br></strong><br></p><p>Friday October 14 is the reopening date for ‘AMA‘AMA, the signature restaurant at Disney Aulani.</p><p>The newly reimagined fine-dining experience offers a four-course, prix fixe dinner menu that pays homage to the spirit of Hawai‘i, with unique flavors, quality ingredients and locally sourced fish and produce.</p><p>xx</p><p><strong>New Disney Destination Gatherings Helps Groups Reclaim Lost Time, Experiences Together<br></strong><br></p><p>Disney has pulled together a collection of Disney experiences specifically designed for groups – from family reunions and weddings to school trips and conventions – under a whole new brand called Disney Destination Gatherings.</p><p>Disney Destination Gatherings brings together three different group-travel experiences specifically to meet the needs of those who plan meetings, social events, weddings and student-group travel:</p><p><em>Disney Meetings &amp; Events</em></p><p>With a meticulous approach to every need, Disney professionals bring the Disney difference to conferences, association meetings, incentive programs, social events and corporate meetings at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland<em> </em>Resort in California, and Aulani, A Disney Resort &amp; Spa in Hawaii, and aboard Disney Cruise Line ships.</p><p><em>Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings &amp; Honeymoons</em></p><p>For three decades, engagements, weddings, honeymoons, and vow renewals have come to life in magical ways thanks to the pixie dust that Disney brings to each celebratory event held at Walt Disney World Resort; Disneyland Resort; Aulani, A Disney Resort &amp; Spa; or aboard Disney Cruise Line ships.</p><p><em>Disney Imagination Campus</em></p><p>Workshops offered at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts include immersive hands-on learning so students from elementary through high school and college can build their skill sets and prepare for life’s adventures.</p><p>With Disney Destination Gatherings, Disney aims to bring people together with unforgettable experiences. Whether a group gathers at a Disney theme park, resort, or aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship, Disney will help to create shared memories and meaningful moments together. </p><p>xx</p><p><br><strong>Walt Disney World Refurbishment Update: Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort<br></strong><br></p><p>Some of the resort rooms in the Trinidad area of Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort will be receiving a brand-new look and feel. These new rooms, which will include subtle nods to fan-favorite characters from under the sea, will accommodate more guests and feature updated finishings that can’t be found anywhere else at the resort.</p><p>Refurbishment work began on October 3 and will reopen at some point in 2023.</p><p><br>xx</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Disney After Hours and Candlelight Processional: How to Book and More
<p><strong>Disney After Hours Events Return in January at Walt Disney World Resort!<br></strong><br></p><p>Disney After Hours events will return to Walt Disney World starting in January 2023, with the kick off on January 4, 2023 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and January 9 at Magic Kingdom Park. </p><p><br>Disney After Hours are separately ticketed events that give you access to the park for three extra hours after regular park closing. You get free ice cream, popcorn and select beverages with your tickets. Tickets are limited for these events, which theoretically means lower wait times for attractions. But in our experience, this is not always the case -- so don't bank on that. "Limited" is a vague descriptor and we have routinely seen wait times of 30 to 45 minutes for popular rides. So that's a big chunk of your three hours.</p><p>With Disney After Hours tickets, you can enter the park as early as 7:00 p.m., which gives you a little extra bang for your buck. You won't get the free snacks until the event begins at park closing, but at least you can get in a little earlier if you like.</p><p>Disney After Hours event tickets for Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be purchased by starting October 7, 2022. Prices range from $129 to $159 (plus tax). Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can begin purchasing Disney After Hours tickets as early as October 4. The advance-purchase window is available to Guests of Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels as well as Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort. </p><p>Disney Vacation Club members and Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can also purchase specially priced tickets for select dates.</p><p>Disney After Hours events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are scheduled for select nights from January 4 through April 19, 2023. Disney After Hours events at Magic Kingdom Park are scheduled for select nights, January 9 through March 27, 2023. For the full list of events, dates and times, and to purchase tickets, visit the Disney After Hours page of DisneyWorld.com. </p><p>--</p><p><strong>EPCOT ‘Candlelight Processional’ Celebrity Narrators<br></strong><br></p><p>The popular, festive and very moving “Candlelight Processional” is returning to the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays starting November 25, 2022. This tradition has been a part of the holiday season at Walt Disney World since its opening in 1971. If you have never been and you love the holiday season, it's something worth considering. </p><p>You will experience a heart warming retelling of the traditional Christmas story featuring celebrity narrators, the Voices of Liberty acapella ensemble, and a 50-piece live orchestra with large choirs.</p><p>The 2022 line-up of celebrity narrators features new and returning favorites, including actors from some of your favorite movies, TV shows, world-renowned singers, and other talented artists. </p><p>Here is the list of narrators for the 2022 Candlelight Processional at EPCOT:</p><ul><li>11/25 – 11/26: Simu Liu</li><li>11/27 – 11/29: Edward James Olmos</li><li>11/30 – 12/1: Raul Esparza (NEW)</li><li>12/2 – 12/3: Whoopi Goldberg</li><li>12/4 – 12/6: Isabella Rossellini</li><li>12/7 – 12/9: Daymond John</li><li>12/10 – 12/12: Josh Gad (NEW)</li><li>12/13 – 12/14: Gloria Estefan (NEW)</li><li>12/15 – 12/18: Neil Patrick Harris</li><li>12/19 – 12/20: Mariska Hargitay (NEW)</li><li>12/21 – 12/23: Cal Ripken Jr.</li><li>12/24 – 12/26: Marie Osmond</li><li>12/27 – 12/28: Courtney Vance</li><li>12/29 – 12/30: Angela Bassett</li></ul><p>Seating is free, but you can secure a spot at the show by booking a “Candlelight Processional” Dining Package (similar to Fantasmic). Packages went on sale on October 6, 2022 and you can get full details by visiting <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/holiday-festival/?CMP=ILC-DPFY22Q4wo0922220021A">EPCOTholidays.com</a>. </p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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EPCOT 40th Anniversary Celebrations plus MagicBand+ at Disneyland
<p><strong>EPCOT Turns 40 on October 1, 2022</strong></p><p><br>EPCOT wasn't always a park that was slated for success. A quick look back at the creation of Disney's first park not modelled after a Magic Kingdom.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>EPCOT 40th Anniversary Merchandise Revealed<br></strong><br></p><p>The new EPCOT 40th Anniversary Collection is available for purchase as of October 1, 2022, with additional items arriving throughout the month. The collection features retro and nostalgic designs that offer a wide variety of merchandise for the entire family. </p><p>Initial reactions among fans have been mixed. This commemorative merchandise will be available at Creations Shop in EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Select items will also be available on shopDisney.com.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Foodie Guide to EPCOT 40th Anniversary Celebrations<br></strong><br></p><p>From the very beginning, EPCOT has always had a food component through World Showcase.</p><p>So it's only fitting that there's a foodie guide to accompany EPCOT 40th Anniversary Celebrations (including our top picks).</p><p><strong>Connections Café </strong><em>(Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) </em></p><ul><li>EPCOT 40th Liege Waffle: Brioche dough with pearl sugar  <strong><em>&gt; Amelia's Pick</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Chozo de Margarita </strong><em>(Available beginning Sept. 30 while supplies last) </em></p><ul><li>40th Fiesta: Frozen margarita in a “MEXICO 40” souvenir cup</li></ul><p><strong>Funnel Cake </strong><em>(Available Oct. 1 and 2) </em></p><ul><li>Celebration Funnel Cake with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, and 40th candies <strong><em>&gt; Amelia's Pick</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Garden House </strong><em>(Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) </em></p><ul><li>Sake Cocktail Flight featuring Samurai, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo Sunset, and Violet Sake  <strong><em>&gt; Mike's Pick</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>La Hacienda de San Angel and San Angel Inn </strong><em>(Available beginning Sept. 30 while supplies last)</em></p><ul><li>Flan: Vanilla custard topped with blueberries, whipped cream, and a “MEXICO 40” white chocolate garnish</li><li>Clarified Margarita: Tequila, orange liqueur, lemon, simple syrup,“MEXICO 40” cup &amp; glow cube</li></ul><p><strong>Nine Dragons Restaurant </strong><em>(Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) </em></p><ul><li>Dan Dan Noodles: Spicy pork, Sichuan sauce, peanut butter, sesame, cucumber, and green onion<strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Space 220 Restaurant </strong><em>(Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) </em></p><ul><li>Crema Catalana: Vanilla cream custard, lemon snow, citrus segments, and spicy ginger crumble<strong>  </strong><strong><em>&gt; Mike's Pick</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Sunshine Seasons </strong><em>(Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3; Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>Figment Sponge Cake with honey-lime mousse</li></ul><p><strong>Teppan Edo </strong><em>(Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) </em></p><ul><li>EPCOT 40th Saketini: The saketini was on the menu when the Japan Pavilion first opened. This version combines sake and butterfly pea flower to recreate the night sky of EPCOT</li></ul><p><strong>Tokyo Dining </strong><em>(Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) </em></p><ul><li>EPCOT 40th Kaisen Chirashi Don: Celebration sushi bowl</li><li>EPCOT 40th Saketini: The saketini was on the menu when the Japan Pavilion first opened. This combines sake and butterfly pea flower to create a color reminiscent of the EPCOT night sky</li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>MagicBand+ Coming to Disneyland Resort this Fall<br></strong><br></p><p>While MagicBand+ offers very little in terms of innovative new experiences, Disney fans have still been snapping them up to try them out at Walt Disney World.</p><p>With MagicBand+ launching soon at Disneyland, will there be anything different or better in terms of features and experiences? The answer is, unfortunately, no. Here's what you can expect once MagicBand+ launches at Disneyland.</p><p>At launch, you'll be able to connect your MagicBand+ to theme park tickets or a Magic Key pass in the Disneyland and use it for Lightning Lane entrances. Disney PhotoPass photographers will also accept a tap of your band to link photos to your Disney account. All pretty basic and standard MagicBand functionality.</p><p>MagicBand+ will also offer its glow-with-the-show capability at Disneyland. Again, nothing special.</p><p>The <em>Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters</em> interactive quest has vibrations and lights from MagicBand+. This feature has, in our opinion, ruined the landscape of Galaxy's Edge by inserting very non-immersive screens throughout the land. Plus, users have encountered problems with this activity, particularly in terms of rapidly draining the MagicBand+ battery (rendering it useless as far as completing the mission).</p><p>Should you buy a MagicBand+ at Disneyland? The basic functionality of a MagicBand is good, but the enhancements are nothing special at all and not worth it in our opinion.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Halloween or Christmas: Which is Better for a Walt Disney World Vacation?
<p><strong>Christmas or Halloween? Which is a Better Time to Visit Walt Disney World</strong></p><p><br>In Episode 143 of the Disney Travel News Podcast at 1923 Main Street we discuss which of these two popular holiday periods is the best time to plan a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort.</p><p>--</p><p><br><strong><em>Foodie Guide to Halloween Bites From the Resorts of Walt Disney World</em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort</strong></p><p><strong>World Premiere Food Court, Intermission Food Court, and End Zone Food Court </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31; Mobile order available)</em><strong> </strong></p><ul><li>My (Plant-Based) Boo: Chocolate cupcake topped with a ghostly swirl of vanilla buttercream and sprinkles <strong><em>(New) </em></strong>(Plant-based) (Gluten/Wheat-Friendly)</li><li>Mickey Pumpkin Cheesecake: Pumpkin cheesecake and spiced chocolate cake with buttercream and chocolate décor <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Art of Animation Resort</strong></p><p><strong>Landscape of Flavors </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31; Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>Spellbound Chicken Adobo Nachos: Blue corn tortilla chips with chicken adobo, toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted corn, black beans, and a zesty pumpkin cheese sauce finished with lime crema and a ghostly pepper salsa <strong><em>(New) </em></strong>(Gluten/Wheat Friendly)</li><li>My (Plant-Based) Boo: Chocolate cupcake topped with a ghostly swirl of vanilla buttercream and sprinkles <strong><em>(New) </em></strong>(Plant-based) (Gluten/Wheat-Friendly)</li><li>The Whoopie Monster: Spiced apple whoopie pie with marshmallow buttercream and caramel <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge </strong></p><p><strong>The Mara </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31; Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>Pumpkin Mickey Tart: Pumpkin cheesecake mousse, chocolate ganache and chocolate décor <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Boma – Flavors of Africa, Victoria Falls Lounge, and Sanaa </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31) </em><strong> </strong></p><ul><li>Doom-ela South African Margarita: Our Margarita featuring Patron Silver Tequila with a South African Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon floater <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Beach Club Resort </strong></p><p><strong>Beach Club Marketplace </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31; Mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Mummy Cookies ‘n Scream Trifle: Layers of chocolate cookies n’ cream mousse, chocolate cake, and whipped cream <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Poison Apple Trifle: Layers of caramel crunch, apple mousse, caramel mousse, and vanilla cake with buttercream and fondant décor <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Mickey Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookie: Pumpkin spice sugar cookie with royal icing décor <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beaches &amp; Cream Soda Shop </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31) </em></p><ul><li>Butter Pecan Pumpkin Shake: Butter pecan ice cream with pumpkin flavoring, caramel, chocolate sauces and a vanilla cupcake with a Mickey pumpkin and sprinkle décor <strong><em>(New) </em></strong>(non-alcoholic)</li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s BoardWalk </strong></p><p><strong>BoardWalk Deli </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31; Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>Boo Brownie: Mickey-shaped brownie topped with ganache and whipped cream ghosts <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Creepy Cupcake: Vanilla cupcake with blood orange curd filling, vanilla mascarpone cream, chocolate cookies crumbs, and sugar pumpkins <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort </strong></p><p><strong>Centertown Market and Spyglass Grill </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31; Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>My (Plant-Based) Boo: Chocolate cupcake topped with a ghostly swirl of vanilla buttercream and sprinkles <strong><em>(New) </em></strong>(Plant-based) (Gluten/Wheat-Friendly)</li><li>Topsy Turvy Chocolate &amp; Cherries: Chocolate cake, salted caramel mousse and a tart cherry filling <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Contemporary Resort </strong></p><p><strong>Contempo Café </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31; Mobile order available) </em><strong> </strong></p><ul><li>Madame Leota Dark Chocolate Cake: Devil’s Food mini cake filled with dark chocolate ganache topped with chocolate glaze and marshmallow webs <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort </strong></p><p><strong>Barcelona Lounge </strong><em>(Available through November 30) </em><strong> </strong></p><ul><li>Caramel Pumpkin Pie Cold Brew: Joffrey's Cold Brew Coffee with caramel and pumpkin pie flavors topped with cinnamon whipped cream <strong><em>(New) </em></strong>(non-alcoholic)<strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31) </em><strong> </strong></p><ul><li>Pumpkin Mickey Tart: Pumpkin cheesecake mousse, chocolate ganache, chocolate décor <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort &amp; Spa  </strong></p><p><strong>Gasparilla Island Grill </strong><em>(Available through October 31; Mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Jack O ’Lantern Mickey Cake Pop: Jumbo pumpkin-spiced yellow cake pop enrobed in orange-colored white chocolate <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Black Flame Candle: Candy corn-colored vanilla sponge cake candle with caramel buttercream and white chocolate ganache <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Bewitching Minnie Mousse Cupcake: Cookies ‘n cream-filled chocolate cupcake and ganache</li><li>Hocus Pocus 'Amuck' Cakes: Chocolate Devils Food cupcakes filled with peanut “boo”tter mousse</li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Old Key West Resort </strong></p><p><strong>Good’s Food to Go </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31)</em></p><ul><li>Mummy Mickey Blondie: Caramel blondie with caramel buttercream</li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort </strong></p><p><strong>Capt. Cook’s and Kona Island </strong><em>(Available October 1 - 31; Mobile order available at Capt. Cook’s only)</em></p><ul><li>Tamatoa: Chocolate chiffon cake with Hawaiian Chantilly filling and shiny sprinkles <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Pineapple Lanai </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31) </em></p><ul><li>Not-So-Scary Pumpkin Soft-serve: Pumpkin spice flavored soft-serve and coconut haupia with caramel drizzle, graham cracker crumbs, and a white chocolate Mickey-shaped pumpkin <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Pop Century Resort</strong></p><p><strong>Everything POP Shopping and Dining  </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31; Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>My (Plant-Based) Boo: Chocolate cupcake topped with a ghostly swirl of vanilla buttercream and sprinkles <strong><em>(New) </em></strong>(Plant-based) (Gluten/Wheat-Friendly)</li><li>The Whoopie Monster: Spiced apple whoopie pie, marshmallow buttercream and caramel <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside  </strong></p><p><strong>Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory and Riverside Mill Food Court </strong><em>(Available October 1 through 31; Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>My (Plant-Based) Boo: Chocolate cupcake topped with a ghostly swirl of vanilla butt...</li></ul>
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D23 Expo: All the Disney Travel News (You Won't Believe What's Coming)
<p><strong>Everything New for Disney Parks and Resorts from D23 Expo 2022</strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>So What's Next for Disney Parks?</strong></p><p><strong><em>You won't believe what's coming behind Big Thunder Mountain at Walt Disney World</em></strong></p><p> </p><p>This is Disney's Blue Sky sneak peak of what's coming down the road for Disney Parks. This portion of the D23 Expo had the biggest cheer of anything announced in 2022.</p><p><br></p><p>First though, Josh D'Amaro announced what's happening with Dinoland at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. It has been languishing and looks forgotten so the announcement of a big transformation coming was welcome. Zootopia and Moana will share the space currently occupied by Dinoland. </p><p>But the biggest news of all...</p><p> <br><strong><em>Disney Villains are Finally Getting a Place to Call their Own</em></strong></p><p>Magic Kingdom will feature new frontiers and it's all hiding on the other side of BTM. The little town of Santa Cecilia will come to life as Coco gets a Magic Kingdom presence. And if you do want to talk about Bruno, you're in luck because you may be able to walk right into the Madrigal's casita. But all is not fun and flowers in this new land...as what if the Disney villains took up residence there as well...beyond Big Thunder Mountain.</p><p>This was presented as conceptual and would likely be 10 years down the road, but Disney would not share it in this way if it weren't going to happen. Big news for Walt Disney World and Magic Kingdom.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>There's More Coming to Walt Disney World<br></strong><br></p><p>A new nighttime show for EPCOT will debut in late 2023 to kick-off the 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company.</p><p> </p><p>Moana's Journey of Water and the rest of the World Celebration area at EPCOT will open in late 2023. So we'll have to bear with those construction walls for another year it seems.</p><p><br></p><p>Figment is returning in a brand new form for a meet and greet at EPCOT. That will be in place by the end of 2023.</p><p> </p><p>In Magic Kingdom, the perennial favorite Hatbox Ghost will materialize once again in the Haunted Mansion.</p><p> </p><p>And we now know that Tron Lightcycle Run at Magic Kingdom will debut in Spring 2023. We were hoping it would be sooner, but apparently they are working on finishing touches right now. No specific date, just "spring." </p><p> </p><p>Finally, in 2023, a new version of  Happily Ever After will return as part of a new Magic Kingdom nighttime show. This received a good amount of applause.</p><p> <br><strong>What's New and Coming to Disneyland Resort</strong></p><p> </p><p>The DVC Villas at Disneyland Hotel will be called the Villas at Disneyland Hotel. How creative.</p><p> </p><p>On October 16, 2023 Disney 100 kicks-off and it promises to be the biggest celebration ever for Disney.</p><p> </p><p><em>Under the theme of a Boundless Future the following announcements were made:</em></p><p> </p><p>The Mandalorian and Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) will be onsite starting in Mid November 2022 at Disneyland Galaxy's Edge</p><p> </p><p>Over at the Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure Park, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, noted "we're just getting started." A new giant Hulk will be at Avengers Campus in California "next week." </p><p> </p><p>Plus, they're bringing the Multiverse to Avengers Campus. Disney is expanding the campus to include a new attraction. In the new attraction you will battle alongside all the Avengers against all the foes from anywhere. You will fight King Thanos. This is a new Thanos -- a Thanos who won. And the Avengers are not too happy about that and you have to help them. More news to come.</p><p> </p><p>Also new to Disney California Adventure, they are reimagining Pacific Wharf into San Fransokyo from Big Hero Six. You'll be able to meet Baymax there. </p><p> </p><p>Finally, they are reimagining Paradise Pier Hotel, as it will become Pixar Place Hotel. It will feature a Finding Nemo splash pad and more characters. All in all, Disney promises that the hotel will feel completely new.</p><p> </p><p>Over at Downtown Disney more than a dozen new or reimagined locations are in the works. More announcements coming over the next year. But the big news locally is a that SoCal favorite bakery Porto's is coming to Downtown Disney. </p><p> </p><p>RunDisney at Disneyland is coming back in 2024. More details coming soon. It's been awhile for Run Disney as the last one took place in 2017.</p><p> </p><p>Mickey's ToonTown Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway are coming along. It was good to hear that it will be a slightly different version of Runaway Railway than the WDW edition, to fit into the Disneyland ToonTown story. It's all opening in 2023.</p><p> </p><p>Tiana's Bayou Adventure will open in late 2024 in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. The story for the ride is that it picks up where the film (Princess and the Frog) left off. In the new story, Princess Tiana is an entrepreneur and community leader in the year 1927. She is hosting a party for the community and we need to help Tiana to find a special ingredient that she's missing. </p><p> </p><p>Disney promises that the latest tech is being implemented to really enhance the outside of the whole area at night. Mist will be used like a painter's canvas. "True bayou magic." The attraction is to be a love letter to New Orleans. Guests should feel the story is authentic to the city. Another great piece of news is that the original cast will be lending their voices to the new attraction. </p><p><br></p><p><strong>--<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>What's new at</strong> <strong>Disney Cruise Line</strong></p><p> </p><p>The sixth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet is all about adventure...celebrating Walt's love for exploration. The new Disney Cruise ship is called Disney Treasure.</p><p> </p><p>The Disney Wonder is heading to Australia and New Zealand late 2023.</p><p> </p><p>The island of Eleuthera and Lighthouse Point will be the new Bahamas port for Disney Cruise. 90% of the power will come from solar.</p><p><strong>What's Coming to Disney Parks Around the Globe</strong></p><p> </p><p>Zootopia is opening at Shanghai Disneyland. </p><p> </p><p>World of Frozen at Hong Kong Disneyland will open in the second half of 2023, featuring a Wandering Oaken sleigh coaster.</p><p> </p><p>Disneyland Paris' Frozen Arendelle land is coming along and Disneyland Hotel is being fully reimagined -- opening in 2024</p><p> </p><p>At Tokyo Disneyland, Disney Fantasy Spring will feature Peter Pan, Tangled and Frozen. Plus a totally reimagined Space Mountain will open by 2027 at Tokyo Disney.</p><p> </p><p>Pixar <em>We Belong Together</em> will be debuting at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris next year. The DLP 30th Anniversary celebrations will be continuing until September 2023.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to co...</p>
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Disneyland Halloween Foodie Guide, Plus a New DVC Lounge
<p><strong>There's a New DVC Lounge Coming to Disneyland</strong></p><p><br>Disney Vacation Club announced the first Member Lounge coming to Disneyland Resort in California and it is expected to open in the first half of 2023. The lounge will be located in Tomorrowland and be called “Disney Vacation Club Star View Station.” </p><p>Located on the second floor of the Star Wars: Launch Bay building, the space-themed lounge will be home to a dedicated Disney Vacation Club Member Services team, plus lots of casual seating, complimentary Wi-Fi, device-charging stations and more.</p><p>Similar to the DVC lounge at EPCOT, the Disneyland lounge will be available to eligible Disney Vacation Club Members with valid park tickets and reservations to Disneyland Park, space permitting. </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Is Disney Really Launching a Membership Program Like Amazon Prime<br></strong><br></p><p>Disney is reportedly planning to launch a new membership program loosely modeled after Amazon Prime that would offer discounts and perks for combining streaming services, theme park visits, resort hotel stays, merchandise purchases and more.</p><p>The Wall Street Journal reported on this, so there is some sense of reality behind it. The idea is that Disney would use the membership program to make it more attractive for guests and customers to increase spending on all its products and services. For Disney, it would give more consumer data as to your spending habits and more.</p><p>So would this mean the retirement of programs like D23? How would DVC and Annual Pass perks stack up against this?</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Foodie Guide to Halloween Sweets and Treats at Disneyland Resort<br></strong><br></p><p>Halloween season is on now at Disneyland Resort! This year, there are a ton of great new treats and bites to tempt your taste buds and your wallets. Here is the complete list of every Disney Halloween treat at every location, plus our top picks for the must-try items.</p><p><strong>Disneyland Park <br></strong><br></p><p><strong> Alien Pizza Planet </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10; Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>Supernova Pizza Special: Spicy blush sauce, Italian sausage, classic and crispy cupped pepperoni, mozzarella, pepper jack, red pepper flakes, and Fresno chiles</li><li>Vampire Alien Macaron filled with blackberry buttercream and lemon curd<strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Carnation Café </strong><em>(Available August 31 through November 10) </em></p><ul><li>Spicy Chicken Sandwich: Hand-breaded fried chicken breast tossed in spicy chili sauce with pepper jack and mustard slaw on a brioche bun <strong>&gt; Amelia Pick</strong></li></ul><p><strong>French Market Restaurant </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10; Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>Halloween Cake: Purple-colored vanilla sponge, raspberry mousse, fresh raspberries, and candied cocoa nibs <strong><em>(New)</em></strong><strong>  </strong>&gt; Mike Pick</li></ul><p><strong>Galactic Grill </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10; Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>Octoberfest-inspired Burger: Angus beef patty, bratwurst, grilled peppers and onions, sauerkraut, and house-made mustard cheese on a pretzel bun <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Darth by Chocolate: Layers of chocolate pudding, red velvet sponge, chocolate mousse, and crushed chocolate creme-filled cookies</li><li>Blood Orange Slush with a swirl of raspberry sauce (Non-alcoholic) <strong>&gt; Amelia Pick</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor</strong> <em>(Available September 2 through November 10; Mobile order available) </em></p><ul><li>Rocky Road Halloween Sundae: Rocky road waffle bowl, rocky road ice cream, marshmallow cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream topped with sprinkles <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><strong>&gt; Amelia Pick</strong></li></ul><p><strong>Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10; Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>Pumpkin Cheesecake: Classic pumpkin cheesecake decorated with a chocolate spider web and spiced Chantilly <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong>&gt; Mike Pick</li><li>Mickey Bat Cookie: Citrus shortbread bat cookie dipped in dark chocolate with a vampire Mickey face<strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Market House </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10)</em></p><ul><li>Mickey Bat Cookie: Citrus shortbread bat cookie dipped in dark chocolate with a vampire Mickey face</li></ul><p><strong>Mint Julep Bar </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10; Mobile order available.</em></p><ul><li>Pumpkin-spiced Mickey-shaped Beignets rolled in pumpkin-spiced sugar</li></ul><p><strong>Plaza Inn </strong></p><ul><li>Monster Halloween Cake: Devil's Food cake, colorful white chocolate mousse and buttercream <em>(Available September 2 through November 10) </em></li><li>Classic Pumpkin Pie: Classic pumpkin pie with spiced Chantilly <em>(Available September 2 through November 30)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Red Rose Taverne </strong><em>(Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>Grave Stuff: Traditional grey stuff topped with chocolate tombstone and Halloween sprinkles <strong><em>(New) (</em></strong><em>Available September 2 through October 31) </em></li><li>Mickey Bat Cookie: Citrus shortbread bat cookie dipped in dark chocolate with a vampire Mickey face <em>(Available September 2 through November 10)</em></li><li>Pumpkin Cold Brew: Cold brew flavored with pumpkin, vanilla, and spices topped with whipped cream (Non-alcoholic)<strong><em> (New) </em></strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Refreshment Corner </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10; Mobile order available)</em></p><ul><li>Spicy Firefly Chips: Spicy corn chips topped with chili, cheese, and jalapeños <strong><em>(New)  </em></strong>&gt; Mike Pick</li></ul><p><strong>Stage Door Café </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10) </em></p><ul><li>Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake: Pumpkin spice-dusted funnel cake with spiced caramel drizzle, toffee bits, whipped cream, and chocolate curls<strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Fantasyland Churro Cart </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10) </em></p><ul><li>Pumpkin Pie Dip <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Frontierland Churro Cart </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10)</em></p><ul><li>Spicy Chocolate Churro: Cinnamon-dusted chocolate churro with a spicy cocoa dipping sauce</li></ul><p><strong>New Orleans Square Churro Cart </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10)</em></p><ul><li>Pistachio-Cherry Churro: Cinnamon churro rolled in pistachio and sour cherry sugars and served with a side of ghost pepper grape sauce <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Tomorrowland Churro Cart </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10)</em></p><ul><li>Pumpkin Spice Churro rolled in pumpkin spice flavored sugar <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Tomorrowland Pretzel Cart </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10)</em></p><ul><li>Toffee Pretzel: Cream cheese-filled pretzel sprinkled with toffee sugar</li></ul><p><strong>Town Square and Sleeping Beauty Castle Churro Carts </strong><em>(Available September 2 through November 10) </em></p><ul><li>Chocolate Cookie Crumble Churro with creamy peanut butter-vanilla dipping sauce <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Available at Various Locations Throughout Disneyland Park </strong><strong><em>(COMING SOON)</em></strong></p>
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A Disney World Park Pass Upgrade, No Mountain for Moana and More
<p><strong>Walt Disney World Park Pass Reservation System gets an Improvement<br></strong><br></p><p>One of the biggest pains of the Disney World Park Pass system -- other than the fact that it still exists at all -- has been fixed. You can now modify a park reservation, including date, park and party members (subject to availability), rather than having to cancel and re-book.</p><p>You can also book theme park reservations with different admission types – so whether you’re an Annual Passholder, date-based ticket holder or visiting with a Cast Member, you can all make your reservations at one time.  </p><p>The question still remains though: for nearly 50 years we got along just fine without Park Pass. It came into effect during the Walt Disney World reopening stages of covid to limit and monitor crowd sizes. But that need has now passed. So why is Park Pass still here? It's an annoyance and yet another thing requiring advance booking for no good reason at all.</p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>New Details about Moana's attraction at EPCOT: Journey of Water</strong></p><p><br>If you're wondering what's behind those unsightly construction walls at EPCOT, here's the scoop.</p><p>Journey of Water is an upcoming Moana attraction that will allow you to explore and engage with water as it travels from sky to ocean and back again: the natural cycle of water.  </p><p>Fans Disney's Moana will see familiar shapes and characters carved into the rocks and waterways throughout Journey of Water. A great example of this is Moana herself, who will be positioned proudly – celebrating water’s arrival at the ocean.</p><p>So while we would still prefer the often rumored fourth mountain Moana attraction in Disney's Magic Kingdom Park, Journey of Water at least gives Moana a small nod at EPCOT.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Traditional Character Greetings Return Onboard at Disney Cruise Line<br></strong><br></p><p>Traditional character greetings, up-close character greetings, including autographs, are now resuming across the entire <em>Disney Cruise Line</em> fleet.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>New Dates for Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Sailings<br></strong><br>New on sale dates have been released for <em>Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser</em>. See below for the booking cadence for voyages through September 2023:</p><ul><li>August 25: Club 33 and Golden Oak</li><li>August 26: Invited Star Wars affinity groups</li><li>August 30: Disney Vacation Club Members</li><li>August 31: Annual Passholders</li><li>September 1: Open to the general public</li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Walt Disney World and Disney's Vero Beach Resort: Trip Report
<p><strong>Trip Report Disney's Vero Beach and Walt Disney World - August 2022</strong></p><p> </p><p><em>Disney's Vero Beach Resort</em></p><p> </p><p>Still one of the best hidden gems among Disney resort properties in Florida. The property and Cast Members here are warm and welcoming.</p><p> </p><p>Beach changes, campfire, local dining and activities (Ay Jalisco, Squid Lips, Round Island, Sebastian Inlet), room review</p><p> </p><p><em>Walt Disney World Resort</em></p><p> </p><p>BLT issues, Halloween Party rough start but good finish, EPCOT construction, moderate crowds, Whispering Canyon drops, GF Cafe okay but slight drop perhaps, Wicked Wind Down Top of the World Villains Lair, Genie+ and Lightning Lane, MagicBand+</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney Skyliner will be closed for routine maintenance Jan. 22-29, 2023</strong>.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Three Popular Tours are Returning to EPCOT in October 2022</strong></p><p> </p><p>EPCOT celebrates its 40th anniversary on October 1, 2022 and these tours will be back as of October 2, 2022</p><p>Behind the Seeds is a one-hour walking tour that gives you an up-close and personal view of plants, insects and fish throughout EPCOT's four state-of-the-art greenhouses.</p><p>With EPCOT Seas Adventures – DiveQuest, you'll once again be able to dive into the 5.7-million-gallon saltwater tank and immerse yourself into the sea life surrounding the coral reef. This experience offers SCUBA-certified guests guaranteed calm seas, unlimited visibility, no rip currents and great marine life.</p><p>With the return of EPCOT Seas Adventures – Dolphins in Depth, you can meet bottlenose dolphins at The Seas and learn about their undersea behavior from the experts who work with them every day.</p><p>All three tours return on October 2 and are on sale now at DisneyWorld.com or the My Disney Experience app. Advance bookings are highly recommended. Please note the Behind the Seeds experience requires a valid theme park admission and reservation.</p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney Aulani Pool Refurbishment</strong></p><p> </p><p>The Wailana Pool at Disney Aulani will be unavailable from September 26 – 30, 2022.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Is Disney World Considering Adding a Scary Halloween Party?
<p><strong>Should Walt Disney World Have a Scary Halloween Party?</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>100 episodes ago -- all the way back in episode 38 -- we talked about what we would do if we were in charge of Walt Disney World. One of the things we'd both love to see is a fifth park that has a villains theme. Disney Villains need a place to call their own.</p><p> </p><p>A villains park -- including our Maleficent-themed coaster called Villified -- would be the ideal location for a truly scary Disney-inspired Halloween party. So what would that be like and would you like to see Disney get a bit edgier with Halloween?</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Early Entry and Package Delivery are Now Available at Disneyland<br></strong><br></p><p>Everyone staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel can now take advantage of both Early Entry to the parks and Package Delivery to your room. Overnight Guests at The Happiest Place on Earth can experience these perks and more, including:</p><ul><li>Proximity and direct Theme Park access</li><li>Hotel activities like learning to draw Disney characters</li><li>Direct-to-Room Service</li><li>Dining Delivery to a Disneyland Resort Hotel lobby from select restaurants in the Downtown Disney District</li><li>And coming soon, Preferred Dine Access to a limited number of reservations at select hotel table service restaurants during the dates of their hotel stay</li></ul><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney World Hotel Pool Closure Update<br></strong><br></p><p>Pool upgrades are ongoing at Walt Disney World and the latest one began on Sunday, August 14. The Ranchos leisure pool at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is now closed for routine refurbishment. The pool is expected to reopen in late September, so bear that in mind if you plan to stay there anytime soon.</p><p>During the refurbishment, the Dig Site Feature Pool and the Casitas and Cabanas leisure pools will remain open and available to guests.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Walt Disney World Halloween Foodie Guide and Genie+ Good News
<p><strong>Foodie Guide: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and More</strong></p><p> </p><p>This year Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park is filled with plenty of eats and treats to get you in the Halloween spirit. The Disney culinary teams have conjured up some frightfully fun delights and these are our top picks for the 2022 edition of MNSSHP. So if filling your Halloween bag with candy in Magic Kingdom Park isn't enough for you, here's what you can look forward to. Plus some of these are available outside of the Halloween Party. </p><p><strong>Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies </strong></p><ul><li>Not-So-Poison Apple Pie Milk Shake: Apple pie milk shake with green apple whipped cream, sour apple marshmallow straw, cinnamon donuts, and a poison apple straw <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></li><li>Sweet Candy Corn Soft-serve Swirl Cone: Sweet corn and vanilla soft-serve swirl topped with candy corn chocolate bow <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Casey’s Corner </strong><em> </em></p><ul><li>Pain and Panic Hot Dog: All-beef hot dog, sweet and spicy onion relish, and sriracha mustard topped with spicy cheese-flavored snacks <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party) </em></li><li>Winifred’s Elixir of Youth: Black tea slushy with kiwi foam and Winifred chocolate piece <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Cheshire Café </strong></p><ul><li>Binx Pastry Tail: Cat tail drizzled with dark chocolate and topped with Binx chocolate piece <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party) </em></li><li>Cold Witches Brew Coffee: French vanilla cold brew with pumpkin spiced foam topped with Halloween sprinkles <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café </strong><em> </em></p><ul><li>Bayou Burger: All-beef patty, jalapeño pimento cheese, crispy andouille sausage, and garlic pickles <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party) </em></li></ul><p><strong>The Friar’s Nook </strong></p><ul><li>Hades Hot Dog: Spicy beef and pork hot dog, Hades’ relish, and pickles served with house-made violet mustard <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only) </em></li><li>Un Poco Loco Tots: Chorizo sausage, green onion, and Hades’ cheese sauce <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Golden Oak Outpost </strong></p><ul><li>Spellbinding Fried Pie: Buffalo chicken, mozzarella, and blue cheese wrapped in flaky dough topped with a candy eye and jalapeño ranch aïoli <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Ice Cream Cart near Haunted Mansion </strong></p><ul><li>Chilling Chamber Pop: Chocolate crumbs, cherry buttercream, and dark chocolate pearls topped with Tightrope Walker chocolate piece <em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Plaza Ice Cream Parlor </strong></p><ul><li>Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich: Monster cookies filled with vanilla ice cream <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Liberty Square Market</strong></p><ul><li>Monster Cookie: Sugar cookie with candy eyes and Halloween-themed sprinkles <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during regular park hours only) </em></li></ul><p><strong>Main Street Bakery </strong></p><ul><li>Oh, My Gourd Cupcake: Pumpkin spice cupcake with cinnamon cream cheese icing finished with dark chocolate ears <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn &amp; Café </strong></p><ul><li>Sweet Almond Corn Cake: Almond vanilla cake dipped in white, orange, and yellow chocolate topped with candy corn <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Popcorn Cart near Cinderella Castle </strong></p><ul><li>Mexican Spiced Hot “COCO” Brownie: Spice chocolate brownie with dark chocolate ganache topped with Miguel chocolate piece <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Sleepy Hollow Refreshments </strong></p><ul><li>Grave Digger Milk Shake: Coconut and matcha blended soft-serve topped with whipped cream, Grave Digger shovel, and chocolate gravestone <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></li><li>Worms and Dirt Funnel Cake: Funnel cake topped with chocolate ice cream, chocolate cookie crumbs, gummy worms, and Billy chocolate piece <strong><em>(New)</em></strong> <em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></li><li>Chilling Chamber Pop: Chocolate crumbs, cherry buttercream, and dark chocolate pearls topped with Tightrope Walker chocolate piece <em>(Available during regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Snack Cart near Cinderella Castle </strong></p><ul><li>M&amp;M’s Peanut Butter Churro: Churro rolled in peanut dust with peanut sauce, chocolate sauce, and M&amp;M’s Peanut Butter <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during regular park hours and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party) </em></li></ul><p><strong>Sunshine Tree Terrace </strong></p><ul><li>Jack-O-Lantern Float: Citrus swirl with Fanta Orange, brown sugar whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbs <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(Available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party only)</em></li></ul><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Some Good News for Genie+ Users<br></strong><br></p><p>Earlier this year, Disney moved five attractions from individual Lightning Lane purchase to the Disney Genie+ service up until August 7. Luckily, Disney is continuing to offer these attractions through Genie+ (not ILL) until they say otherwise. The attractions are:</p><ul><li><strong>Magic Kingdom Park:</strong> Space Mountain</li><li><strong>EPCOT:</strong> Frozen Ever After; Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure</li><li><strong>Disney’s Hollywood Studios:</strong> Mickey &amp; Minnie’s Runaway Railway</li><li><strong>Disney’s Animal Kingdom:</strong> Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain</li></ul><p><br></p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Christmas Details for Disneyland Resort</strong></p><p> </p><p>Disneyland Resort has announced that its Christmas and festival holiday season this year will run from November 11, 2022 to January 8, 2023.</p><p> </p><p>Disneyland Park will feature its 60-foot Christmas tree and Sleeping Beauty Castle adorned for the holidays. There will also be a parade called A Christmas Fantasy and a nighttime fireworks show called Believe...In Holiday Magic (and that's when snow will fall on Main Street U.S.A.). Watch for attractions with holiday makeovers and more seasonal fun with characters.</p><p> </p><p>At Disney California Adventure Park there will be a 50-foot Christmas Tree on Buena Vista Street plus the always awe...</p>
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Even More Dining is Coming Back to Walt Disney World and Aulani
<p><strong>A Sneak Peek at the New Menu at Disney's BoardWalk Deli (Opening Soon!)</strong></p><p> </p><p>Opening later this summer (it's already August, so we're not sure when it will be), the BoardWalk Deli is the reimagined version of the former BoardWalk Bakery. Here's a sneak peek of some of the new deli offerings coming to the BoardWalk Deli with inspiration coming from New York and the Jersey Shore. Everything will be baked in house.</p><p> </p><p>For breakfast there's everything from a bagel with eggs, sausage and cheddar to a plant-based ciabatta breakfast sandwich. </p><p> </p><p>For lunch and dinner there are hot and cold deli sandwiches, a classic pastrami reuben and a signature Italian sub. Or go for a roast chicken sandwich or grilled cheese with tomato soup. For dessert, there are cannolis, scones, crumbcake and much more.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>New Offerings at Victoria and Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort</strong></p><p> </p><p>As always, there is an impressive array of multiple courses, now including dishes like Glacier 51 Toothfish with charred mushroom and sambal, Heirloom Tomatoes with gazpacho and 100 Year Balsamico, and Carrot Tikka Masala with cilantro and puri bread. For a sweet, the Spectrum of Chocolate is back and now features four specialty sourced chocolates and a tableside presentation of sabayon with notes of Madagascar vanilla bean, Champagne, and Grand Marnier.</p><p> </p><p>Finally, a new zero-proof cocktail pairing will be available as a regular offering for anyone wanting to experience unique non-alcoholic beverages crafted to complement each course. One new offering is the Guajillo Spice, which is smoked tableside to highlight the rich flavors of roasted guajillo chilis, charred jalapeños, and black peppercorn, as well as a touch of caramelized sweetness from turbinado sugar and fresh lime.</p><p> </p><p>The newly renovated interior has crystal chandeliers, custom murals and new wall coverings that modernize what has always been a lavish location. There are still three dining options, including the main Dining Room serves a tasting menu that highlights seasonal flavors. </p><p> </p><p>The Queen Victoria Room offers a menu created by the chef de cuisine just for you in a setting "fit for royalty," and includes tableside presentations. </p><p> </p><p>The Chef’s Table is the premium one-of-a-kind experience where the culinary team creates a custom tasting menu. If you want to interact with the chefs, this is the one for you.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Ama Ama Reopening at Disney Aulani, Hawaii</strong></p><p> </p><p>Over at Disney Aulani, Ama Ama will be reopening this fall with a new dinner-only dining experience.</p><p> </p><p>The restaurant has been reimagined and we will share more details about the menu when it's released.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Upcoming Walt Disney World Pool Closures</strong></p><p> </p><p>From approximately January through April 2024 routine maintenance will be happening at the following Walt Disney World Resort hotel pools (meaning these pools will be closed, so plan accordingly):</p><ul><li>Fantasia Pool at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort</li><li>Fuentes del Morro Pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort</li><li>Doubloon Lagoon at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter</li></ul><p>--</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Disney MagicBand+ How it Works and is it Worth it?
<p><strong>MagicBand+ is Here<br>Is it worth the hype and money?</strong></p><p> </p><p>You can now get a brand new Disney MagicBand+ for your Walt Disney World vacation. </p><p> </p><p>Is it worth getting? Do you plan to get one? Is it worth the upgrade from MagicBand 2? </p><p>Maybe, but we think Disney really dropped the ball here. MagicBand+ has questionable value. What Disney really should have done was release a Disney smart watch. We predict that a Disney MagicBand Watch will be the next (and a better) version of this tech -- especially if it works along with Hey Disney.</p><p>In the meantime, here are the minor benefits of a Disney MagicBand+</p><p> </p><p><strong>MagicBand+ does everything your old MagicBand does:</strong></p><ul><li>Unlock the door of your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room</li><li>Enter any of the Disney World theme parks and water parks</li><li>Redeem Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane reservations</li><li>Charge items, including food/beverages and merchandise, to your resort room (only if staying onsite)</li><li>Redeem Disney Dining Plan credits</li><li>Link PhotoPass images to your account</li></ul><p><strong>How is MagicBand+ different than a regular MagicBand?</strong></p><ul><li>MagicBand+ costs more than a MagicBand</li><li>MagicBand+ has some limited park interactions</li><li>MagicBand+ has to be charged frequently </li></ul><p><strong>How to set-up a new MagicBand+ and link it to your Disney account </strong></p><ol><li>Press the button on the back MagicBand+ to turn it on and tap the band to your phone.</li><li>Open (or set-up) the My Disney Experience app.</li><li>Follow the app instructions to link the MagicBand+ to your Disney account, assign it to a guest and pair it to your mobile device. App will show the band charge level and software status.</li><li>Link your park tickets, reservations and more as required.</li></ol><p><strong>How to manage multiple MagicBands from one Disney account</strong></p><ol><li>In the MDE app go to MagicBands and More.</li><li>View your managed guests.</li><li>Adjust everyone's MagicBand+ settings and options.</li></ol><p><strong>How to Customize your MagicBand+</strong></p><ol><li>Find "MagicBands and More" and select “Customize Your MagicBand+”.</li><li>Check that your MagicBand+ is fully charged and the software is up to date.</li><li>Pick a custom light up theme.</li><li>Change the vibration and motion recognition settings to what you want.</li></ol><p><strong>--</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>The Red Trolley Car is Back on the Rails at Disney California Adventure Park</strong></p><p> </p><p>It's the small things and the tiny details that hold some of the best Disney magic for those who care about Walt Disney and park history.</p><p>This summer, you can ride the trolley and enjoy views of Buena Vista Street, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard while learning about Walt Disney's journey as he arrived in Hollywood. If you like Walt stories and fun facts, you will love this one. </p><p>Here's a fun fact, number 623 on the trolley stands for June 1923 when Walt first came to California. Number 717 stands for July 17, which was the opening day of Disneyland.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Dole Whip is Having Its Disney Day, All the Fun Facts About Dole Whip
<p><strong>DOLE Whip Now Has its Own Disney Day of Celebration<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Fun Facts About Dole Whip</strong></p><p><br><strong>Dole Whip is a soft-serve dairy free and gluten free frozen dessert created by the Dole Food Company in 1984.</strong> </p><p>Since 2013 it has been fully vegan. It first appeared as an attraction in the Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room. According to the official Dole website, a 2/3 cup serving of Dole Whip contains 110 calories and 25-27 carbs (depending on the flavor).</p><p> </p><p>Remember, the make-at-home Dole Whip recipe that Disney published in 2020 during lockdown is not the real Dole Whip recipe. The real one is made with powder from Dole, plus water and the machine that combines the two into frozen goodness.</p><p> </p><p>Dole Whip used to be somewhat exclusive and very much a Disney thing to many people, but that's now changed and you can get official Dole Whip in more and more places outside of Disney Parks -- including our local movie theatre in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.</p><p>Dole Whip Day is officially July 21, but the Dole Whip flavor extravaganza will continue through July 24. Going forward Disney plans to hold Dole Whip Day on the third Thursday in July – so if you want to plan your WDW vacation around Dole Whip, you now know which dates to book.</p><p><strong>Walt Disney World Resort <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Magic Kingdom Park  <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Aloha Isle </strong><em>(Located in Adventureland)</em></p><ul><li>Pineapple Float: DOLE pineapple juice served with a choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl <em>(available with Tiki Sipper for additional cost) </em></li><li>Raspberry Swirl Float: DOLE Whip and raspberry swirl served with DOLE pineapple juice</li><li>Pineapple Upside-Down Cake served with choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl</li><li>DOLE Whip Cup: Choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl</li><li>Coconut Cup: Choice of coconut or coconut and DOLE Whip swirl</li><li>Raspberry Swirl Cup: DOLE Whip and raspberry swirl</li></ul><p><strong>Storybook Treats </strong><em>(Located in Fantasyland) </em></p><ul><li>Soft-serve Cup: DOLE Whip lime, chocolate, or vanilla soft-serve, or swirl in a cup</li><li>Snow White Cone: DOLE Whip lemon in a blue cone garnished with a chocolate bird and sugar bow</li></ul><p><strong>Sunshine Tree Terrace </strong><em>(Located in Adventureland; Mobile Order available)</em></p><ul><li>DOLE Whip Orange Cup</li><li>Orange Cream Soft-serve Cup: DOLE Whip orange and vanilla soft-serve swirl</li><li>DOLE Whip Strawberry Cup</li><li>DOLE Whip Float: DOLE Whip or vanilla soft-serve with your choice of Coca-Cola, Barq’s Root Beer, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, Fanta Strawberry, POWERADE Mountain Berry Blast, or Sprite</li><li>I Lava You Float: Fanta Strawberry Soda and passion fruit flavor served with DOLE Whip orange and topped with popping candy</li></ul><p><br><strong>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Tamu Tamu </strong></p><ul><li>Scar’s Lair: DOLE Whip and sour apple</li><li>Lion’s Lair: DOLE Whip topped with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and sour apple</li><li>Simba Sunset: DOLE Whip with strawberry</li><li>King’s Cooler: DOLE Whip with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and strawberry</li><li>DOLE Whip Float: DOLE Whip with DOLE pineapple juice <em>(available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum) </em></li><li>DOLE Whip Cup <em>(available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Trilo-Bites </strong></p><ul><li>Trilo-Bites Twist: DOLE Whip orange with vanilla soft-serve</li></ul><p><br><strong>EPCOT </strong></p><p><br><strong>Refreshment Outpost </strong><em>(Available through November 19)  </em></p><ul><li>DOLE Whip: Watermelon, pineapple, or swirl <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><br><strong>Disney Springs </strong></p><p><br><strong>Swirls on the Water </strong></p><ul><li>Peach Bellini Float: Peach Bellini topped with DOLE Whip orange <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Orange Bird Cone: DOLE Whip orange atop an orange cone with sprinkles</li><li>DOLE Whip Flight: DOLE Whip orange swirled with DOLE Whip watermelon, DOLE Whip lemon swirled with blue butter cookie soft-serve, and DOLE Whip and Vanilla soft-serve swirl</li></ul><p><br><strong>Disney Resort Hotels  </strong></p><p><br><strong>Disney’s Contemporary Resort  </strong></p><p><strong>Contempo Café </strong><em>(Available July 21 through August 20; Mobile Order available) </em></p><ul><li>DOLE Whip Cupcake: Yellow cupcake filled with DOLE Whip mousse and garnished with a cherry <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Old Key West Resort </strong></p><p><strong>Good’s Foods to Go </strong><em>(Mobile Order available)</em></p><ul><li>Key Lime Swirl: DOLE Whip lime and vanilla soft-serve swirl topped with graham cracker crumbs</li><li>DOLE Whip Key Lime Martini: DOLE Whip lime served with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and garnished with a lime <strong><em>(New) </em></strong><em>(available July 21 through 24)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort </strong></p><p><strong>Pineapple Lanai</strong></p><ul><li>“Tamatoa-inspired” Dipped Cone: DOLE Whip raspberry swirled with DOLE Whip orange in a white chocolate-dipped waffle cone and coated with “shiny” gold sugar <em>(available July 21 through 24) </em></li><li>50th Celebration DOLE Whip: Your choice of DOLE Whip with a 50th white chocolate medallion, umbrella, and EARidescent glitter</li><li>Pineapple Float: DOLE pineapple juice served with a choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl</li><li>DOLE Whip with Rum Floater: DOLE Whip with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum</li></ul><p><strong>Barefoot Pool Bar and Oasis Pool Bar </strong></p><ul><li>Frozen Margarita with DOLE Whip Lime: Corazón Blanco Tequila blended with DOLE Whip lime and chili-lime seasoning</li><li>Frosty Pineapple: DOLE Whip with Captain Morgan Private Stock Rum</li></ul><p><strong>Trader Sam's Tiki Terrace</strong></p><ul><li>Spikey Pineapple: Barbancourt Pango Rhum blended with DOLE Whip</li></ul><p><br><strong>Disneyland Resort <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Disneyland Park</strong></p><p><br><strong>The Tropical Hideaway </strong><em>(Located in Adventureland; Mobile Order available)</em></p><ul><li>DOLE Whip</li><li>DOLE Whip Float: DOLE pineapple juice topped with DOLE Whip</li><li>DOLE Whip Swirl Float: DOLE pineapple juice topped with choice of two different DOLE Whip flavors: mango, watermelon, or pineapple</li><li>DOLE Whip Swirl: Swirl any flavors: mango, watermelon, or pineapple</li></ul><p><strong>Disneyland Hotel  </strong></p><p><strong>Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar &amp; Grill </strong><em>(Mobile order available) </em><strong> </strong></p><ul><li>DOLE Whip</li><li>DOLE Whip Float: DOLE pineapple juice topped with DOLE Whip <em>(available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum)</em></li></ul><p><br><strong>Disney’s Vero Beach Resort</strong></p><ul><li>DOLE Whip Cup: Choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl <em>(available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum)</em></li><li>DOLE Whip Lime topped with Graham Cracker Crumbs <em>(available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum)</em></li></ul><p><br><strong>Aulani, A Disney Resort &amp; Spa</strong></p><p><strong>Little ‘Opihi’s</strong></p><ul><li>DOLE Whip pineapple, mango, watermelon, and vanilla soft-serve</li><li>DOLE Whip Fresh Fruit Sundae with sprinkles in a waffle bowl topped with fresh pineapple (Moana-themed) or watermelon fruit (Stitch-themed)</li><li>Mickey and Minnie Waffle Bowl featuring DOLE Whip with sprinkles</li></ul><p><strong>Ulu Cafe </strong></p><ul><li>Churro Pineapple DOLE Whip with Li hing fresh pineappl...</li></ul>
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More Character Dining is Coming Back to Walt Disney World
<p><strong>You've Been Asking for it and Now More Character Dining is Returning to Walt Disney World</strong></p><p><br>If you want a hug with your meal, you're in luck as several character-dining experiences are getting ready to bring back Disney characters. Here's what we know about which restaurants are bringing back characters and when they're reopening.</p><p><br><strong>Magic Kingdom Park</strong></p><p> </p><p>On September 20, 2022, your favorite characters from the Hundred Acre Wood will be back at <strong>The Crystal Palace: A Buffet with Characters featuring Winnie the Pooh and Friends</strong>. This greenhouse-inspired restaurant is located just off of Main Street U.S.A. near the hub and features dishes like <strong>Carved Prime Rib, Seasonal Ravioli</strong>, and <strong>Peel &amp; Eat Shrimp</strong>.</p><p><strong>Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort</strong></p><p><br>The <strong>‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch</strong> is a worthwhile breakfast experience and it's scheduled to return on September 27, 2022. According to Disney, you'll be able to once again get some hugs while you feast on dishes like the <strong>Pineapple Coconut Breakfast Bread </strong>and <strong>Mickey Waffles </strong>and sip on the iconic <strong>Lilikoi Juice</strong> and <strong>Moana Smoothie</strong>.</p><p><strong>Disney’s Beach Club Resort</strong></p><p><br><strong>Cape May Café</strong>, a New-England inspired dining room, is an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet and it will be back with characters on October 4, 2022 for the <strong>Cape May Café Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast.</strong> In the past, this one has featured Minnie, Goofy and more friends and is a fun way to start the day. There's lot of great food from which to choose, including <strong>Salted Caramel Beach Buns</strong> and of course <strong>Mickey and Minnie Waffles</strong>.</p><p><br>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Zombies 3 is coming soon and Disney is celebrating with a Zom Beatz Bash at Downtown Disney and Disney Springs</strong></p><p>Disney loves a good party and this summer's theme is the ZOM-BEATZ BASH. This a dance filled event will feature music from the Disney Channel movies ZOMBIES, ZOMBIES 2 and ZOMBIES 3, with a premiere date of July 15 on Disney+ and August 12 on Disney Channel.</p><p>ZOM-BEATZ BASH is a 20-minute DJ-hosted stage show event for guests of all ages to try out some zombie dance moves, sing-along to favorite songs or snap a pic at the ZOMBIES 3 photo wall. </p><p><br>Parties will take place at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World. </p><ul><li>Disneyland: the Downtown Disney LIVE! stage at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. from July 29 – 31 </li><li>Walt Disney World: evenings at the Disney Springs Marketplace Stage from August 5 – 14 with performances from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.</li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>Thor Love and Thunder at Disneyland and Walt Disney World<br></strong><br><strong>Jane Foster at Avengers Campus</strong></p><p><br>For a limited time, Jane Foster will roam the grounds of Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure park, encountering recruits and occasionally challenging others to test their worthiness with the mythical hammer, Mjolnir.</p><p><strong>Thor-inspired Treats</strong></p><p><br>The Ganachery at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World is where you can try Mighty Thor’s Hammer (a Chocolate Mjolnir). This special dessert is available July 1-31 while supplies last (limit two per person).</p><p><br>If you are looking for a worthy beverage holder, look no further than Mighty Thor’s Hammer Novelty, available starting July 8 in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park. The hammer opens on top to hold a contour bottle or cup and includes choice of bottled beverage at time of purchase. This offer is while supplies last and there is a limit of two (2) per person, per transaction. No Discounts Apply. This novelty will be sold at Shawarma Palace, Shawarma Palace Too (novelty available via mobile order as well) and at the outdoor vending cart at the entrance to Avengers Campus near Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!<strong> Unboxing the latest Thor merchandise with the stars of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’</strong> </p><p>Even Spider-Bots can join in the celebration  with a new Thor Tactical Upgrade, available at WEB Suppliers in Disney California Adventure park. The Spider-Bot armor plating upgrade equips your Spider-Bot with its very own uru-powered Mjolnir and intensifies its high-velocity attacks by summoning the power of thunder.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>New Car Finder App So You'll Never Lose Your Car in a Disney Parking Lot</strong></p><p>Car locator is a complimentary feature that uses location technology to find and save Guest's parking details. The feature functions best when you enable Location Services, Bluetooth, and Notifications on their mobile device.</p><p>The feature will be available at all four Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney Springs, Disney Water Parks, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. All guests have to do is open their My Disney Experience app and tap the car locator card on their home screen—or they can use the Feature menu (☰) for access.</p><p>After that, guests can follow the prompts to enter their parking information. If they choose to enable location permissions on their device, car locator can help fill in the details for them. When guests are ready to leave, they can return to car locator for their parking information.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. 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Tiana's Bayou Adventure, New Disney Hotel Perks and More News
<p><strong>Tiana’s Bayou Adventure to Replace Splash Mountain by Late 2024<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Tiana’s Bayou Adventure</strong> is coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.</p><p> </p><p>Walt Disney Imagineers have been spending a lot of time in Louisiana conducting research to ensure Tiana’s Bayou Adventure preserves the heart and soul of Tiana's story. </p><p> </p><p>Tiana’s Bayou Adventure has been described as a love letter to New Orleans. The ride will take you on a musical adventure picking up where the film left off.  We will see Princess Tiana, Naveen and the jazz-loving alligator Louis on an adventure through the bayou as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration where everyone is welcome. The ride will travel through the bayou to original music inspired by songs from the movie as they're brought into the next chapter of Tiana’s story.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>More Benefits for Guests of Disneyland Resort Hotels</strong></p><p><br>New summer pool parties will take place for 30 minutes daily at all three Disneyland Resort Hotels from July 1 – Aug. 31, 2022. The Disney poolside squad will be on deck to lead games like the water sponge relay and a fun floaty toss, and play high-energy music for dancing the Pluto doggie paddle! Disney characters will stop by the pool to join in the fun.</p><ul><li><strong>Early Entry:</strong> Starting August 8, 2022, Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests will be able to enjoy Early Entry for 30 minutes prior to each park’s opening to enjoy select attractions, dining and shopping.</li><li><strong>Dining Delivery: </strong>Select restaurants in Downtown Disney provide meal delivery services. Scan the QR code right from your in-room TV to access the links to those restaurants’ delivery webpages to place an order that can be delivered right to a Disneyland Resort Hotel lobby.</li><li><strong>Package Delivery</strong>: Starting August 8, 2022 you can have your park purchases delivered to your Disneyland Resort Hotel the next day. </li><li><strong>Preferred Dine Access</strong> will offer Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests the opportunity to have preferred access to a limited number of reservations at select hotel table service restaurants during the dates of their hotel stay. More details coming soon. </li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique returns August 25<br></strong><br></p><p>Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will welcome young guests starting August 25 at both Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort.</p><p><em>You can start making reservations in early August only in the My Disney Experience app and Disneyland App, or at DisneyWorld.com and Disneyland.com. Valid admission and park reservations are required for entry into Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland park.<br></em><br></p><p>--</p><p><strong>Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course Undergoing Most Extensive Redesign Ever<br></strong><br></p><p>As part of a long-running collaboration with Arnold Palmer Golf Management, Disney is currently redesigning part of the Magnolia course. There will be four holes – No. 14, No. 15, No. 16 and No. 17 – that will be reimagined with innovative layouts and landscaping.</p><p>Also, the course’s 18 greens will be upgraded to create even more pristine putting surfaces. Plus, holes No. 16 and No. 17 will be connected by a new, wooden cart bridge through the forest and several fairway and greenside bunkers are being installed along with more challenging tee boxes.</p><p>The new-look Magnolia course will debut later this year.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Foodie Guide to Disney Springs Flavors of Florida<br></strong><br></p><p>Flavors of Florida at Disney Springs is under way and runs from July 5 through August 14. Over 30 restaurants and shops at Disney Springs are celebrating fresh flavors from the Sunshine State. These locations are serving up a slice of summer with refreshing beverages and delicious dishes, all inspired by Florida. </p><p><strong>Amorette’s Patisserie</strong></p><ul><li>Blood Orange Éclair – Éclair filled with triple blood orange mousse, topped with tangy citrus jam and candied blood orange.</li><li>Blue Citrus Sauvignon Blanc Slushie – Matua sauvignon blanc, Blue Curaçao syrup and lemonade. Served in a Flavors of Florida Corkcicle.</li></ul><p><strong>The BOATHOUSE</strong></p><ul><li>Coconut Panna Cotta – Coconut panna cotta, layered with mango gelée and topped with tropical fresh fruit, shredded coconut and a crispy coconut shortbread cookie.</li></ul><p><strong>Chef’s Art Smith’s Homecomin’</strong></p><ul><li>Southern Fried Hand Pies – A pair of fried pastries filled with moonshine-glazed strawberry compote and served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.</li><li>Blood Orange Margarita – Dobel Diamanté tequila with fresh-squeezed lime juice and blood orange purée, garnished with a fresh Florida orange</li></ul><p><strong>Chicken Guy!</strong></p><ul><li>Florida Sunshine Shake – Hand-spun, vanilla, soft serve ice cream and fresh Florida orange juice, topped with whipped cream and garnished with an orange wheel. (Not available for online orders.)</li></ul><p><strong>City Works Eatery &amp; Pour House </strong></p><ul><li>Smokehouse Cuban – Hardwood-smoked pulled pork shoulder, ham, shaved hot link, smoked provolone, Robonaut Red mustard and spicy bread &amp; butter pickles, on a Cuban roll.</li></ul><p><strong>Coca-Cola Rooftop Beverage Bar</strong></p><ul><li>Sunshine Orange Chill – St. Augustine vodka, orange juice, topped with Sprite and served in a souvenir Coca-Cola glass.</li></ul><p><strong>D-Luxe Burger </strong></p><ul><li>Lime Garage Burger – Deluxe patty, topped with pepper jack cheese, pork belly and fried green tomato, served with an avocado, lime and jalapeno spread.</li><li>Orange Garage Burger – Deluxe patty, topped with pepper jack cheese, pork belly, lettuce, served with an orange and onion marmalade.</li><li>Orange Bird Milkshake – Artisanal shake made with vanilla gelato and orange, topped with sprinkles.</li></ul><p><strong>Dockside Margaritas</strong></p><ul><li>Strawberry Basil Margarita – Herradura reposado tequila and lime juice, with strawberry purée and garnished with shredded basil leaves.</li></ul><p><strong>Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC</strong></p><ul><li>Orange Blossom Cupcake – Moist vanilla cupcake, piped with orange-flavored frosting, topped with orange zest and a flower garnish. (Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.)</li></ul><p><strong>Everglazed Donuts &amp; Cold Brew</strong></p><ul><li>Citrus Dream Donut – Orange glazed donut with white buttercream, drizzled with orange icing and topped with an orange gummy and fresh mint leaf.</li><li>Orange Lemonade with Sweet Cream Foam – Limited-edition summer treat, made with fresh-squeezed orange lemonade and topped with sweet cream foam.</li></ul><p><strong>Frontera Cocina</strong></p><ul><li>Shrimp Ajillo Tostada – Tostada topped with roasted garlic-guajillo Florida pink shrimp, avocado, jicama, local heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, orange and a citrus-soy vinaigrette.</li></ul><p><strong>Gideon’s Bakehouse</strong></p><ul><li>Orange Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie – An almost-half-pound vanilla bean cookie infused with orange essence and mixed with dark chocolate, covered in pecan pralines and candied orange peel.</li></ul><p><strong>The Ganachery</strong></p><ul><li>Strawberry Shortcake Chocolate Treats – Strawberry chocolate, white crisp pearls, speculoos cookie crumbles and strawberry crispies.</li></ul><p><strong>House of Blues Restaurant &amp; Bar</strong></p><ul><li>Voodoo Shrimp – Sautéed Florida Gulf Shrimp in an Abita Amber beer reduction sauce, served over jalapeño-cheese cornbread.</li></ul>
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Christmas 2022 at Walt Disney World, Plus More Characters are Back!
<p><strong>Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is Back for 2022<br></strong><br></p><p>Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is back on 24 select nights November 8 - December 22, 2022. This popular ticketed takes place at the Magic Kingdom and features:</p><ul><li>Mickey and pals on the Cinderella Castle stage for the ultimate Christmas extravaganza – Mickey’s Most Merriest. The show features holiday music with dance performances.</li><li>Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks will light up the sky, along with castle projections, and seasonal songs.</li><li>Santa Claus will join Mickey Mouse and friends in the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.</li><li>As in the past, partygoers will get complimentary cookies and hot cocoa at locations throughout Magic Kingdom.</li><li>Holiday magic will once again transform the Jungle Cruise into the Jingle Cruise. And, as an exclusive treat, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and Mad Tea Party will all get a special holiday makeover.</li><li>Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café becomes the coolest place to party when North Pole residents drop by for an intergalactic dance party!</li><li>You can also dance the night away with favorite Disney characters at the Totally Tomorrowland Christmas on the Rockettower Plaza Stage.</li><li>Younger partygoers and Disney Junior fans of all ages can head to Storybook Circus during the Disney Junior Jingle Jam as Disney Junior characters take part in a fun-filled dance celebration.</li><li>In honor of the 50th Anniversary celebration, part attendees will find three new photo opportunities and will get a special 50th Anniversary holiday-themed commemorative keepsake.</li></ul><p>Tickets go on sale July 7, 2022 on DisneyWorld.com. Guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels can book in advance on June 30. Tickets range from $149-$199 plus tax. Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members can get speically priced ticket for select dates.</p><p>The party does not require an additional theme park ticket or Park Pass reservation. Event dates are:</p><ul><li>November: 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29</li><li>December: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22</li></ul><p><strong>Say Hello to Santa Claus<br></strong><br></p><p>Santa will make special appearances throughout Walt Disney World. Whether cruising down Hollywood Boulevard in his red convertible at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or voyaging across the Discovery River as part of a festive flotilla at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park you may see Santa just about anywhere. For individual visits with Santa, Magic Kingdom Park and Disney Springs are where to go. And at EPCOT, Santa Claus will join storytellers from around the world as a part of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays beginning November 25, 2022</p><p><strong>Enjoy Festive Entertainment Across Walt Disney World</strong></p><ul><li>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park will come alive with the return of a Merry Menagerie of winter animals in the form of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets.</li><li>“For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios adds a festive finale, featuring everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf, and songs of the season.</li><li>At Disney Springs, Town Center will experience a magical snowfall, bringing the spirit of the North Pole to Central Florida.</li><li>The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays begins November 25 and features the Candlelight Procession, a heartwarming holiday performance at America Gardens Theatre.</li><li>Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will blast off to the tune of an awesome holiday single.</li><li>Disney PhotoPass will have holiday-themed Magic Shots at all four Walt Disney World theme parks, a new PhotoPass Lens and virtual backdrops at the Disney Springs PhotoPass Studio.</li></ul><p><strong>Savor Festive Seasonal Flavors</strong></p><ul><li>Holiday Cookie Stroll will return to EPCOT this year, it's a sweet scavenger hunt during Festival of the Holidays. There are also special Holiday Kitchens with festive food from around the world.</li><li>At Disney Springs, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar becomes Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar and will feature yuletide touches along with festive food and craft cocktails.</li></ul><p><strong>Immerse Yourself in Delightful Holiday Décor  </strong></p><p>In addition to all the twinkling trees, glittering ornaments, tinsel and wreaths, the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll will have themed Christmas trees that draw inspiration from beloved characters. And don't forget the visit select resorts for gingerbread houses and more!</p><p>--</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Walt Disney World Character News</strong></p><p>Mirabel is now part of the “Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade," as of June 26.</p><p>Minnie Mouse will join Mickey Mouse in Town Square Theater, Magic Kingdom Park starting July 6. </p><p>July 6 also marks the return of Chip 'N Dale's Campfire Sing-A-Long at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort &amp; Campground. On July 10, Peter Pan and Snow White will greet guests at Magic Kingdom Park once again.</p><p>Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars Launch Bay returns July 17. You can meet Chewbacca,  encounter BB-8 or run-into Darth Vader himself.</p><p>In the coming months, a visit to Magic Kingdom Park will bring chances to meet Aladdin, Jasmine, Merida, Pooh, Tigger and Storybook Circus pals like The Great Goofini in Pete’s Silly Sideshow. Toy Story Land friends will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Donald Duck and friends will rejoin their prehistoric party at “Donald's Dino-Bash!” in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.</p><p>--</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Narcoossee's Refurbishment Update</strong></p><p>Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort will be unavailable starting July 14, 2022. Reservations will be available through <strong>July 13.</strong> The restaurant will return next year with an "enhanced experience."</p><p>--</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Fourth of July Foodie Guide<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Walt Disney World Resort </strong></p><p><br><strong>Magic Kingdom </strong></p><p><br><strong>Columbia Harbour House </strong><em>(Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available) </em></p><ul><li>Berry Shortcake: Shortcake topped with berries and whipped cream <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Casey’s Corner </strong><em>(Available July 1 through August 11; Mobile Order available) </em></p><ul><li>Chicago-style All Beef Hot Dog: All beef hot dog, traditional "Chicago green" relish, pickles, and marinated diced tomatoes served on a potato bread bun <strong><em>(New)</em></strong><strong> </strong></li></ul><p><strong>Plaza Ice Cream Parlor </strong><em>(Available July 1 through 4) </em></p><ul><li>Red Velvet Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich: Red velvet cookies, vanilla ice cream, and sprinkles <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Hollywood Studios </strong></p><p><br><strong>Backlot Express and Rosie’s All-American Café </strong><em>(Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available) </em></p><ul><li>Apple Pie Cupcake: Yellow cupcake filled with an apple pie filling, topped with a salted caramel buttercream, and cinnamon streusel, and garnished with rainbow silver sparkle, red, white, and blue Mickey ears</li></ul><p><strong>ABC Commissary and The Trolley Car Café </strong><em>(Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available) </em></p><ul><li>Red, White, and Blue Raspberry Frangipane Bar: Frangipane layered with raspberry jam <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Woody’s Lunch Box </strong><em>(Mobile Order ava...</em></p>
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Disney Summer Food Guide, plus Soarin' on Disney's private jet adventure
<p><strong>Best New Food to Try This Summer at Disneyland and Walt Disney World<br></strong><br></p><p><strong><em>Disneyland Resort</em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Paradise Garden Grill,</strong> California Adventure, has new BBQ dishes including <strong>Kansas City-style BBQ Ribs (</strong>BBQ sauce, pickles, and onions), <strong>North Carolina-style BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich</strong> (creamy coleslaw, crispy jalapeños, pickles, onions), <strong>St. Louis-style BBQ-Rubbed Chicken </strong>(beer-brined, roasted half chicken, pickles, and onions. All come with a choice of <strong>Poblano Mac &amp; Cheese</strong>, <strong>Chuck Wagon Beans</strong>, <strong>Potato Salad with Bacon</strong>, <strong>Creamy Coleslaw</strong>, <strong>Andouille Sausage,</strong> or <strong>Jalapeño-cheddar Cornbread</strong>.</p><p>There's also a <strong>Peach Cobbler Cocktail</strong> with moonshine, peach schnapps, and peach-cinnamon purée.</p><p>The <strong>Family Picnic Platter</strong> is BBQ half chicken, pulled pork, ribs, andouille sausage, poblano mac &amp; cheese, chuck wagon beans, potato salad with bacon, creamy coleslaw, jalapeño-cheddar cornbread, pickles, and onions. Topped off with cherry cheesecake. </p><p><strong>Red Rose Taverne </strong>at Disneyland park will feature a new Late Night Menu. Plant-based <strong>Bonsoir Chili Cheese Poutine </strong>includes a hearty plant-based chili, shredded “cheese” and seasoned waffle fries. <strong>Our Classic Poutine</strong> has slow-cooked beef, gravy, cheese curds and spiced, pickled red onions on waffle fries. The <strong>Firelight Fries</strong> has tangy spiced chicken and pepperoncini ranch sauce on ranch-seasoned waffle fries. This Late Night Menu is available from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. </p><p>At Disneyland park <strong>Harbour Galley</strong> there's the <strong>Soup in a Sourdough Bread Bowl</strong> with choice of clam chowder, steak gumbo, or the plant-based vegetable gumbo. The new <strong>Harbour Muffuletta Salad</strong> has cured meats and cheese on mixed lettuce with olive tapenade, giardiniera, pepperoncini and Italian dressing with sliced sourdough. The <strong>Pelican Punch </strong>is a chilled blend of pineapple, coconut, and lime.</p><p><strong>Royal Street Veranda</strong> New Orleans Square has the <strong>Hoppin’ John IMPOSSIBLE Royal Wrap</strong> with seasoned plant-based meat, rice, black-eyed peas, “cheddar,” lettuce, and Cajun dressing in a spinach tortilla. The <strong>Street Steak Salad</strong> is chilled steak on mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, candied pecans, and fried onions with a horseradish dressing. For a sweet tooth, the <strong>Blueberry Fritters</strong> with blue sugar and lemon curd dipping sauce is for you.</p><p><strong><em>Walt Disney World</em></strong></p><p> </p><p>At Disney Springs, <strong>Swirls on the Water</strong> is the <strong>Buzz Lightyear Star Commander Cone</strong>, a<strong> </strong>purple cheesecake soft-serve adorned with chocolate wings and space sprinkles. Also there is a DOLE Whip Float featuring Rosa Regale Sparkling Red Wine, DOLE Whip strawberry, and a fresh strawberry slice. </p><p>At Magic Kingdom Park, the new <strong>Zurg Freeze</strong> can be found at <strong>Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies</strong>.</p><p>EPCOT has a <strong>Barbecued-roasted Chicken with Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce </strong>as well as a <strong>Southern-style Spoon Bread</strong> at Garden Grill. At Sunshine Seasons enjoy a <strong>Roast Beef Sandwich</strong> with chilled roast beef, chimichurri aïoli, cheddar, arugula, and red onion on a flour-topped kaiser roll served with potato chips. For a plant-based option, try the <strong>Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich</strong> featuring roasted red pepper, red onion, tomato, arugula, hummus, and balsamic vinaigrette on herbed focaccia. And rounding up the new additions is the <strong>Spicy Fish Taco</strong>, with fire-roasted corn salsa, creamy jalapeño Piri Piri sauce, and radish served with plantain chips.</p><p>Coral Reef Restaurant has also seen some enhanced items recently. Start off your meal with new appetizers like the <strong>Trio of Seasonal Dips</strong> with fresh vegetable crudité and crisps or the <strong>New England Clam Chowder</strong>. While enjoying the incredible, underwater views, guests can feast upon entrée additions like the <strong>Orange-glazed Sustainable Salmon</strong> served with vegetable stir-fry and shiitake sticky rice. If this doesn’t quite float your boat, consider the <strong>Cajun Chicken Pasta</strong> filled with pulled Cajun-spiced chicken, parmesan cream sauce, roasted mushrooms, peas, peppers, and onions.</p><p><strong>Hollywood &amp; Vine</strong> at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is bringing back their buffet on August 28. Meet favorite Disney Junior pals for breakfast and Minnie and her friends for lunch and dinner.</p><p> </p><p>Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is debuting new menu items including <strong>Fried Fresh Mozzarella</strong> with marinara sauce, ricotta salata, and lemon oil, while the <strong>Grilled Bone-in Pork Chop</strong> is accompanied by creamy polenta, roasted tomatoes, mustard vincotto, and charred broccolini. </p><p>At the World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, you’ll find the <strong>Box Office Cupcake</strong>, a yellow cupcake filled with caramel and topped with marshmallow buttercream and a peanut-pretzel-popcorn brittle. Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort has the <strong>Rock and Roll Cupcake</strong>, another yellow cupcake but this one is filled with peanut butter buttercream and topped with banana panna cotta and candied bacon. The End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports is serving up the <strong>MVP Cupcake</strong>. This yellow cupcake is stuffed with apple pie filling and topped with a buttercream baseball and caramel popcorn-peanut crunch. </p><p>At Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining, the pastry chefs offer the <strong>Flashback Crème Pie</strong>, an oatmeal-raisin cookie sandwich filled with marshmallow crème topped with dark chocolate and cinnamon glaze, as well as the <strong>Pop Goes the Bananas Cupcake</strong>, a yellow cupcake filled with caramelized banana in a pastry crème topped with caramel-latte buttercream. </p><p>At Disney’s Art of Animation Resort  try the Lighting McQueen Gravel Road Sundae featuring vanilla soft-serve ice cream with chocolate cookie crumbs, chocolate sauce, and a Lightning McQueen chocolate coin. </p><p> </p><p>At The Drop Off pool bar, enjoy the <strong>Big Blue Ocean</strong> made with Svedka Vodka, Bacardi Superior Rum, Bols Blue Curaçao, and Minute Maid Premium Lemonade served with a souvenir glow cube. The <strong>Seafoam Refresher </strong>has Malibu Coconut Rum, Bols Blue Curaçao, and pineapple juice, garnished with pineapple.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney Parks Around the World Private Jet Adventure</strong></p><p> </p><p>Adventures by Disney is offering a bucket list experience for 75 people. The trip lasts 24 days and covers six countries with 12 Disney Parks and three global landmarks (Taj Mahal, Pyramids of Giza and the Eiffel Tower). Plus, you'll have the rare opportunity to be a guest at Summit Skywalker Ranch. Travel is in a luxury VIP-configured Boeing 757 and guides to immerse you in every location. </p><p> </p><p>So that's 24 days, 31 locations, 68 meals for $109,995USD per person. July 9 - August 1, 2023. Minimum age is 12, but 14+ is suggested. Starts in Los Angeles and ends in Orlando. </p><p> </p><p>Hotels include the Grand Californian, Summit Skywalker Ranch, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, Shan...</p>
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Victoria and Albert's, Hoop Dee Doo and More Dates You Need to Know
<p><strong>When is Victoria &amp; Albert’s Reopening at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort?</strong></p><p><br>Victoria &amp; Albert's at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is reopening on Thursday, July 28, 2022 and you can make reservations starting June 20. </p><p><br>The reopening has "enhanced flavors" and a newly reimagined Victorian-style dining room complete with murals &amp; wall coverings that showcase timeless elegance and subtle inspiration of a whimsical garden.</p><p><br>If you want to up your experience even further, the private Queen Victoria’s Room or the upscale Chef’s Table (with a front-row seat to the chefs at work) are other options. The world-class wine collection has over 500 options in the wine cellar and is perfectly paired with the dishes by V&amp;A sommeliers. There are also delicious non-alcoholic cocktails that can be paired as well. </p><p>Dishes on the tasting menu are continually evolving. When it reopens, you will be able to sample dishes such as Colorado Lamb with pickled blueberry and violet mustard, and line-caught turbot with fennel fondue, and Pernod beurre blanc. If the finest of beef is your thing, you can experience the Wagyu A-5 Miyazaki with sauce romesco and potato rösti. Chocolate lovers will enjoy the Spectrum of Chocolate, an ombré featuring specialty sourced chocolates with accents of buttermilk, Grand Mariner, and vanilla.</p><p>A reminder about Victoria &amp; Albert’s dress code. This is an upscale and intimate dining experience and the culinary crown jewel of Walt Disney World. Guests are required to dress accordingly for the upscale experience with semi-formal to formal attire that respects the restaurant’s elegance and opulence. There is also a minimum age limit of 10.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>What's on the Menu when Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue Reopens on June 23, 2022<br></strong><br></p><p>The long-running classic Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue will be reopening its doors on Thursday, June 23, 2022 with an updated version of this fan favorite musical extravaganza accompanied by a family-style feast. The show takes place at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort &amp; Campground, inside Pioneer Hall. The Pioneer Hall Players are ready to dance and sing as they do best.</p><p>The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue has historically had some of the best comfort food at Walt Disney World. It’s all-you-care-to-enjoy feast with bottomless fountain drinks and for those over 21, red and white sangria, draft beer, and wine are included.</p><p>The Hoop Salad is a simple but satisfying starter with the signature “hoop” vinaigrette topped with sharp white cheddar, cucumbers, and tomatoes. The House-made Cornbread with delicious honey butter is legendary. There's also some very tasty Creamy Coleslaw before the main course arrives at your table. </p><p>For the main course there's Pecan-smoked BBQ Pork Ribs with BBQ sauce. The other main plate is the one, the only – the Legendary Fried Chicken – and it tastes just like how it sounds … legendary. </p><p>And what about those side dishes? Hoop-Dee-Doo brings its A-game with its side dishes. The Cornbread-crusted Macaroni and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food and the Home-style Mashed Potatoes go perfectly with the fried chicken and pork ribs. Rounding out the sides is the classic Cowboy Beans, because let's face it, you can’t have BBQ without beans.</p><p>For the grand finale, the longtime favorite ‘Ma’s Famous Strawberry Shortcake topped with whipped cream and strawberries. This is a staple at Pioneer Hall and the perfect way to finish up your foodie evening.</p><p>In addition to the bottomless beverages, there are a few new adult drinks options for an added cost. The Giddy-Up cocktail is the barkeep’s blend of vodka, lemonade, and freshly brewed iced tea. You can also choose from a variety of local craft beers including Tampa Bay Brewing Elephant Foot IPA, Cigar City Jai Alai IPA, Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale, Orange Blossom Pilsner, Central 28 UnderDuck Lager, and 3 Daughters Brewing Blonde Ale.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Minnie Vans Return on June 29<br></strong><br></p><p>Starting June 29, Minnie Vans will be back in service at Walt Disney World. Your can order one from your mobile device. Minnie Vans have access to special drop-off locations that can only they can access, so a little extra pixie dust for your dollars.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Moana-inspired Photo Ops Around Walt Disney World Resort<br></strong><br></p><p>There are new photo opportunities inspired by Moana being offered by Disney PhotoPass Service around Walt Disney World Resort.</p><p>At Disney’s Animal Kingdom you can snap a Magic Shot with Hei Hei by visiting the photographer located closest to the Tree of Life on Discovery Island. </p><p>In Magic Kingdom Park, the Disney PhotoPass Studio in Sir Mickey's in Fantasyland is where you can capture a variety of photos with Hei Hei and another one of Moana’s friends.</p><p> </p><p>For a Pua Magic Shot visit the photographer stationed near the entrance to Adventureland from Main Street, U.S.A. to capture a photo with this precious pig.</p><p> </p><p>At the Disney Springs PhotoPass Studio there are some new Moana-themed backdrops. Tip: PhotoPass photographers can conjure Maui’s Fish Hook for you to hold in their photo.</p><p>Finally, there's also a new Disney PhotoPass Lens! This one will have you looking like a Chief of Motunui. This Lens is available to use anywhere at Walt Disney World Resort through the My Disney Experience app with the purchase of Disney Genie+ service.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>New Walkway to Disney California Adventure Park from Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel</strong></p><p>Guests of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel can now access a dedicated walkway and entrance to Disney California Adventure Park across the street from the Hotel. The entrance will be open to Paradise Pier guests during park operating hours.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">F...</a></p>
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Tips for Visiting Walt Disney World in Summer, Plus Disney Pride Month
<p><strong>Tips for Summer Vacation at Walt Disney World (Hint, it's not the heat you have to worry about)<br></strong><br></p><p>More people seem to be planning summer vacations to Walt Disney World this year, including many who have never before visited during the summer months. Here's what you need to know and what to watch for:</p><p><br>It's not so much the heat (which can be intense), but it's the rain. You would do well to make plans and reservations accordingly. Be careful about how much outdoor activity you plan between the hours of approximately 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. </p><p>It's also hurricane season at this time of year and they're predicting a higher-than-average number of named storms this year. So it's more important than ever to keep that in mind.</p><p><br><strong>--</strong></p><p><br><strong>How to Share Your Pride at Walt Disney World in June 2022<br></strong><br></p><p>Disney Parks are celebrating PRIDE Month in June as part of their commitment to recognize and celebrate the contributions, cultures and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. </p><p> </p><p>This year all four Walt Disney World theme parks have Pride-themed backdrops for your social feeds. Each park photo wall is unique, themed to its surroundings and honors the diversity and pride within the LGBTQIA+ community.</p><p>Disney PhotoPass has props like a rainbow umbrella, Magic Shots and colorful photo opps throughout Walt Disney World, plus new virtual backdrops at the PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs.</p><p>At Disney Springs, you will find new décor and photo opportunities in celebration of Pride Month.</p><p>Locations including T-REX Cafe, Kendra Scott, Kate Spade New York, Coca Cola Store and more will also have exciting offerings throughout the month of June. Learn more <a href="https://www.disneysprings.com/offers/">here</a> about the latest Pride Month offerings at Disney Springs.  </p><p>--</p><p><strong>The Pride Guide to Disney Food at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in June<br></strong><br></p><p><strong><em>Disneyland Resort </em></strong></p><p><strong>Disneyland Park </strong> </p><p>Available at Alien Pizza Planet, Hungry Bear Restaurant, Pacific Wharf Cafe, Cappuccino Cart, and Boardwalk Pizza &amp; Pasta <em>(Available June 10 through 30; Mobile Order available at select locations) </em></p><ul><li>Pride Cookie: Mickey-shaped shortbread cookie dipped in white chocolate (New)</li></ul><p>Plaza Inn <em>(Available June 10 through 30) </em></p><ul><li>Pride Cake: Rainbow sponge cake filled with white chocolate mousse, buttercream icing, and rainbow sprinkles</li></ul><p><br><strong>Disney California Adventure Park<br></strong><br></p><p>Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop <em>(Available through June 30)</em></p><ul><li>Celebration Sundae made with Ghirardelli's signature handmade hot fudge and served in a delicious rainbow waffle bowl</li></ul><p>Paradise Garden Grill <em>(Available June 10 through 30) </em></p><ul><li>Pride Cake: Rainbow sponge cake filled with white chocolate mousse, buttercream icing, and rainbow sprinkles</li></ul><p><br><strong>Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel &amp; Spa<br></strong><br></p><p>Craftsman Grill <em>(Available June 10 through July 4; Mobile Order available) </em></p><ul><li>Pride Donut: Vanilla cake donut with rainbow sprinkles and heart hand of chocolate (New) </li></ul><p>Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel &amp; Spa Holiday Cart <em>(Available June 10 through July 4)</em></p><ul><li>Pride Sugar Cookie: Vanilla sugar cookie dipped in white chocolate and rolled in rainbow sprinkles with heart hand chocolate decoration (New)</li><li>Pride Pretzel Rods: Pretzel Rods dipped in white chocolate, topped with rainbow sprinkles (New)</li><li>Pride Crisped Rice Treat: Fruit-flavored crisped rice treat striped with white chocolate and topped with heart hand chocolate decoration (New)</li><li>Pride Cookie Shot with choice of milk, low fat milk, strawberry or chocolate milk or alcohol including Baileys Irish Cream, Grand Marnier, Captain Morgan Rum, Jameson Whiskey, or Rumchata (New)</li></ul><p><br><strong>Downtown Disney District</strong> </p><p>Sprinkles Cupcakes <em>(Available June 13 through 26)</em></p><ul><li>Pride Sprinkle Cupcake: Birthday cake-flavored cupcake filled with nonpareils, topped with strawberry frosting, and finished with a nonpareil rim</li><li>Rainbow Layer Cake: Festive cake features six colorful layers of vanilla cake with cream cheese frosting and carousel sprinkles</li></ul><p>Splitsville Luxury Lanes <em>(Available through June 30) </em></p><ul><li>Rainbow Tataki: Sashimi-style salmon, tuna, and steamed shrimp served with seaweed salad, avocado, kimchi ponzu, tataki sauce, scallions, and sesame seeds  </li></ul><p><br><strong>Offerings Throughout Disneyland Resort</strong> <em>(Available while supplies last; Mobile Order available at select locations) </em></p><ul><li>Pride Parade Castle Tumble (New)</li><li>Coming Soon! Scented Pride Cake Straw Clip (New)</li></ul><p><br><strong><em>Walt Disney World Resort</em></strong></p><p><strong>Magic Kingdom Park <br></strong><br></p><p>Cheshire Café <em>(Available through June 30)</em></p><ul><li>Pride Key Lime Tart: Key lime tart with sweet whipped cream topped with chocolate piece (New)</li></ul><p><strong>Outdoor Vending Throughout the Park</strong> <em>(Available through June 30)</em></p><ul><li>Mickey Pride Cake Pop: Confetti cake dipped in dark chocolate (New)</li><li>Mickey Pride Cake Pop: Confetti cake dipped in white chocolate (New)</li></ul><p><br><strong>EPCOT <br></strong><br></p><p>Connections Café <em>(Available through June 30)</em></p><ul><li>Pride Liege Waffle: Brioche dough with pearl sugar (New) </li></ul><p>Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe <em>(Available through June 30)</em></p><ul><li>Pride Cake: Almond frangipane cake layered with chocolate</li></ul><p><br><strong>Disney’s Hollywood Studios<br></strong><br></p><p>Available at ABC Commissary and Backlot Express <em>(Available through June 30)</em></p><ul><li>Pride Cupcake: Vanilla cupcake, rainbow sprinkles and berry marmalade filling, topped with red berry buttercream, garnished with rainbow sprinkles, rainbow glitter, Mickey Pride ears (New)</li></ul><p>Available at Rosie’s All-American Cafe and The Trolley Car Café <em>(Available through June 30)</em></p><ul><li>Pride Dome Mickey Hat: Whipped berry white chocolate cheesecake with a rainbow sparkle graham cracker cookie, glazed with a red-colored white chocolate shimmer mirror glaze, and topped with Mickey Pride ears (New)</li></ul><p>Woody’s Lunch Box <em>(Available through June 30)</em></p><ul><li>Pride Lunchbox Tart: Guava-filled pastry coated in purple vanilla fondant topped with rainbow sprinkles, sour ribbon candy, and a blue chocolate Mickey (New)</li></ul><p><br><strong>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park<br></strong><br></p><p> Available at Restaurantosaurus, Flame Tree Barbecue, Pizzafari, and Creature Comforts <em>(Available through June 30)</em></p><ul><li>Pride Cupcake: Confetti vanilla cake, cotton candy mousse, vanilla buttercream, and a zebra rainbow-print white chocolate Mickey (New)</li></ul><p>Nomad Lounge <em>(Available through June 30)</em></p><ul><li>Pride Cocktail: Absolut Citron Vodka, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, Cruxland Gin, pineapple juice, sour mix, Chambord, splash of Sprite, Blue Curaçao, and a glow cube (New)</li></ul><p><br><strong>Disney Springs<br></strong><br></p><p>Amorette's Patisserie <em>(Available through June 30)</em></p><ul><li>Jewel of Pride: Salted caramel butter popcorn mousse, dark chocolate chiffon cake, a mix of chocolate covered pretzel with candy pec...</li></ul>
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An Unintended Disney Ride Side Effect, Plus H2O Glow Treats
<p><strong>What's Making People Sick at Walt Disney World?<br></strong><br></p><p>An unintended side effect is disrupting the experience for a number of riders on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Epcot. Reports are that Disney is taking steps to address the motion sickness problems occurring with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. Listen to this week's episode for more on what's happening and what you need to know before you ride.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Foodie Guide to H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon</strong></p><p><br>Our top picks for both new and returning frozen treats and hot bites.</p><p><em>Happy Landings</em></p><ul><li>Neon Party Bathtub Sundae: Birthday cake and vanilla swirled soft serve, confetti cake, white chocolate neon ducks, whipped cream, and a glow cube served in a souvenir bathtub</li><li>H2O Glow Cone: Birthday cake-flavored soft-serve with unicorn sprinkles</li></ul><p><em>Fred’s Dive Bar</em></p><ul><li>Fred’s Purple Siren: Kettle One Orange Vodka mixed with desert pear syrup, pineapple juice, raspberry puree, and topped with a glow cube</li><li>Galactic Lemonade: Three Olives Blueberry Vodka, Bols Blue Curaçao, and Minute Maid® Premium Lemonade with juices of lemon and pomegranate topped with Sprite® and a glow cube</li></ul><p><em>High ‘n Dry</em></p><ul><li>Moonlight Mudslide: A blend of Kahlua, Vodka and Irish Cream mixed with chocolate cream base garnished with a cookie rim and topped with whipped cream, sprinkles and a glow cube</li><li>Elysian Dust IPA: Swirled with Space Dust</li></ul><p><em>Leaning Palms</em></p><ul><li>Alohilohi Tuna Poke Bowl: Ponzu marinated sashimi tuna, lemon sushi rice, seaweed salad, pickled vegetables, edamame, avocado, wasabi peas, and spicy mayonnaise</li><li>Grilled Orange Chicken Skewers: Orange ginger-glazed chicken skewers with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and pineapple served with roasted rainbow carrots and neon sushi rice</li><li>ManGLOW (Mango) Barbeque Chicken and Waffles: Mango barbecue chicken wings and rainbow mickey waffles with purple cabbage slaw, mango chutney, and Sriracha honey butter</li><li>Electric Impossible™ Burger: Impossible™ burger served on a neon bun with Sriracha aioli, tomatoes, rainbow carrot slaw, and mango chutney <em>(Plant-based offering) </em></li><li>Disco Colada: Piña colada mixed with disco colors, garnished with a pink sugar rim, and topped with blue raspberry whipped cream and a glow cube (non-alcoholic)</li><li>Electric Flash Lemonade: Tropical flavored blue raspberry lemonade topped with popping candy and a glow cube (non-alcoholic)</li><li>H2O Cake Shake: Purple vanilla milkshake topped with a chocolate dipped Italian crème Bundt cake, whipped cream, and rainbow sprinkles (non-alcoholic)</li></ul><p><em>Let's Go Slurpin'</em></p><ul><li>Galactic Lemonade: Three Olives Blueberry Vodka, Bols Blue Curaçao, and Minute Maid® Premium Lemonade with juices of lemon and pomegranate topped with Sprite® and a glow cube</li></ul><p><em>Lowtide Lou’s</em></p><ul><li>Glow Mein Noodle Salad: Jerk marinated chicken, rainbow lo mein noodles, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, green onions, sesame seeds, and a hard-boiled egg</li><li>Rainbow Salted Mickey Pretzel with party cheese</li><li>Neon Churros with electric icing</li><li>Black Cherry Colada: Piña Colada mixed with Bacardi Superior Rum topped with black cherry puree, whipped cream, and garnished with a cherry</li></ul><p><em>Snack Shack</em></p><ul><li>DOLE Whip Bathtub Sundae: DOLE Whip Watermelon and Pineapple floating in strawberry soda with coconut whipped cream, boba pearls, and a glow cube served in a souvenir bathtub</li><li>DOLE Whip Watermelon: Available in a cup, cone, or swirled with DOLE Whip Pineapple</li><li>(We Don’t Talk About) The Bruno Cone: DOLE Whip Lime cloaked with Bruno's candy vision served in a dipped waffle cone and a chocolate rat along his back</li><li>Pineapple ManGLOW Mai Tai: DOLE Whip Mango and Lime swirled with a mai tai and Meyer’s Original Dark Rum served in a whole pineapple</li></ul><p><em>Surf Doggies</em> </p><ul><li>Sahlen’s ChicaGLOW Foot Long Hot Dog: Sahlen’s pork and beef foot long hot dog with Chicago style toppings</li><li>Sahlen’s Glow Dog Glow: Sahlen’s Grilled for You™ Smokehouse Pork and Beef Hot Dog covered in party cheese on a tie-dye bun</li><li>Rainbow Salted Mickey Pretzel with party cheese</li></ul><p><em>Tropicalamity Cart</em></p><ul><li>Glow Mein Noodle Salad: Jerk marinated chicken, rainbow lo mein noodles, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, green onions, sesame seeds, and a hard-boiled egg</li><li>Sahlen’s Glow Dog Glow: Sahlen’s Grilled for You™ Smokehouse Pork and Beef Hot Dog covered in party cheese on a tie-dye bun</li><li>Rainbow Salted Mickey Pretzel with party cheese</li><li>Neon Churros with electric icing</li><li>Black Cherry Colada: Piña Colada mixed with Bacardi Superior Rum topped with black cherry puree, whipped cream, and garnished with a cherry</li></ul><p><em>Typhoon Tilly’s</em></p><ul><li>Glow Mein Noodle Salad: Jerk marinated chicken, rainbow lo mein noodles, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, green onions, sesame seeds, and a hard-boiled egg</li><li>Alohilohi Tuna Poke Bowl: Ponzu marinated sashimi tuna, lemon sushi rice, seaweed salad, pickled vegetables, edamame, avocado, wasabi peas, and spicy mayonnaise</li><li>Watermelon Poke Bowl: Ponzu marinated watermelon, lemon sushi rice, seaweed salad, pickled vegetables, edamame, avocado, wasabi peas, and spicy mayo <em>(Plant-based offering) </em></li><li>Unicorn Churro Bites: Cinnamon sugar churro bites covered in electric icing and unicorn sprinkles</li><li>Encanto Lemonade: Guava passionfruit lemonade with a sugared rim and edible flowers (non-alcoholic)</li><li>Lightning Punch: Bacardi Superior Rum mixed with tropical flavors, green apple mix, pineapple juice, grenadine and topped with a glow cube</li></ul><p><em>Outdoor Vending Throughout Typhoon Lagoon</em></p><ul><li>Miss Tilly Sipper Cup with non-alcoholic specialty beverage <ul><li>Tropical Gusher at the Tropicalamity Cart</li><li>Pina Colada or Strawberry Colada at Low Tide Lou’s</li><li>Pina Colada and Tropical Storm at Leaning Palms</li><li>Geyser Lemonade at Typhoon Tilly’s</li></ul></li></ul><p><strong>Cooking Up the Magic: Celebrate Soulfully Delights Coming Soon to Disneyland Resort<br></strong><br></p><p>Multiple locations at Disneyland Resort celebrating Black Music Month in June with food, entertainment, art and music! </p><p><em>Troubadour Tavern </em></p><p><br>For a tasty snack try the Salted Plantain Chips or the Berbere-spice Popcorn tossed with a warming blend of spices.</p><p>The Chicken-coconut Curry Sweet Potato features a baked sweet potato topped with a Malawian chicken-coconut curry – yum! </p><p>For a sweeter option, Hakuna Matata Sweets offer up a trio of animal print cookies, including a coconut macaron, pineapple orange thumbprint and a butter chocolate chunk cookie topped with cacao nibs and a white chocolate animal print décor. </p><p><br>Drink Picks: <br>- The Cardamom Cold Brew is cold brew coffee, brown sugar, and cardamom over ice. <br>- The Pride Rock Punch is Gold Peak tea, pineapple, mango, tamarind, and orange juice over ice. </p><p><br>Award Wieners at Disney California Adventure has a Foot-long all-beef hot dog on a toasted bun topped with BBQ pulled pork, fried onions, and a creamy slaw. The Peaches and Cream Funnel Cake Fries are dusted with cinnamon sugar and finished with whipped topping and peach glaze drizzle.</p><p><br>GCH Craftsman Bar at the Grand Californian Hotel has Jerk Seasoned Beef Tenderloin Skewers &amp; Coconut Shrimp with raspberry rum sauce.<br>The Summer Cocktail combines rum, vodka, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine. </p><p><br>Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown ...</p>
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How to Fix Genie+, the Best New Summer Food at Disney World and more
<p><strong>Newest Disney Disney Food and Treats Hitting Walt Disney World this Summer<br></strong><br></p><p><em>Magic Kingdom Park</em></p><p><br>Tony’s Town Square Restaurant: <br> New appetizers - Tony’s Garlic Bread or the Toy Box Tomato Salad. <br> New entrées - Oven-roasted Shrimp Scampi, Butcher’s Steak, Orecchiette with Spicy Italian Sausage, and Penne with Chicken al Forno. <br> New desserts - Tiramisù Cannoli, Italian Strawberry Shortcake, Tony’s Spumoni Tart, or Mandarincello Custard</p><p><br><em>EPCOT</em></p><p>Sunshine Seasons has new pizza rolls! Two versions: Cheese Pizza Roll and Pepperoni Pizza Roll.</p><p><br><em>Disney Springs </em></p><p>Marketplace Snacks has new Mickey and Friends Mickey-Shaped Bubble Waffle Sundaes. </p><ul><li>Mickey Waffle Sundae featuring vanilla soft-serve, hot fudge, cookie crumbles, and white chocolate crisp pearls. </li><li>Minnie Waffle Sundae with vanilla soft-serve, strawberry topping, sliced strawberries, and white chocolate crisp pearls.</li><li>Donald's Waffle Sundae made with vanilla soft-serve, lemon curd, and blueberries. </li><li>Goofy’s Peanut Waffle Sundae has vanilla and chocolate soft-serve with hot fudge, peanuts, sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, M&amp;M’s Minis, and a cherry on top.</li><li>Pluto’s Waffle Sundae has chocolate soft-serve, chocolate-covered pretzels, peanut butter sauce, and milk chocolate crisp pearls. </li></ul><p><br><em>Disney Resort Hotels<br></em>Plant-based Mickey-shaped Frittata featuring tomato, spinach, onions, and “mozzarella” served with potatoes and mixed fruit.</p><p>The IMPOSSIBLE Burger serves up an IMPOSSIBLE patty topped with Carolina-style barbecued jackfruit, pickled slaw, and “cheddar” served with french fries. </p><p><br>These two items available through June 7 at the Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Everything POP Shopping &amp; Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.</p><p><br>Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort has the return of fan favorites to Grand Floridian Cafe. The Reuben is back for brunch, accompanied by coleslaw and steak fries. Chicken and Waffles with hand-breaded chicken breast and malted waffle with a sriracha-honey drizzle is also back</p><p>For dinner, the Café Meatloaf is a house-made turkey meatloaf with smashed red bliss potatoes, broccolini, and mushroom gravy, while the Shrimp and Grits feature jumbo shrimp with chorizo and fennel perfectly paired with a deliciously creamy, mascarpone cheese grits. The Caramelized Onion Soup Gratin makes a comeback for brunch <em>and</em> dinner.</p><p>Gasparilla Island Grill has The Cheshire Cat Wildberry Mousse with swirls of wildberry mousse, berry compote, and cake crumbles topped with a white chocolate Cheshire Cat. If you love Orange Bird, the Orange Bird Cake Pop is a must-try! This is a yellow cake pop swirled with citrus-scented buttercream to look like this iconic character. If you like ice cream, the Brownie Crispy Cone is an ice cream cone filled with caramel-swirled brownie topped with a crisped rice treat, white chocolate drizzle, and sprinkles.</p><p>Are you a Key Lime fan? Good’s Food to Go at Disney’s Old Key West Resort has a Key Lime Pie Swirl - a DOLE Whip lime and vanilla soft-serve swirl topped with graham cracker crumbs.</p><p><strong>Harmony Barber Shop Reopening this Summer in the Magic Kingdom<br></strong><br></p><p>Harmony Barber Shop is reopening on July 31. While any haircut is pretty cool here, the “My First Haircut” experience is making its return as stylists prepare to shower young guests with magic and extra special pixie dust for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration to commemorate the first haircut milestone. </p><p>A limited number of reservations for this timeless experience will be bookable in the My Disney Experience app as of June 28. Walk-in appointments for haircuts will be accepted based on availability.</p><p>On a related note, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will also be reopening later this year at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Dates are still to be announced.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Disney Genie+ Service is Still Trying to Find its Way<br></strong><br></p><p>For Walt Disney World, starting June 8, Disney Genie+ will only be offered for purchase through the <em>My Disney Experience</em> app on the day of visit – no more advance purchase options for 2022 and 2023.  </p><p>This means that, moving forward, whether guests have an Annual Pass, multi- or single-day ticket, they will now purchase Disney Genie+ on the day of their visit via the <em>My Disney Experience</em> app, one day at a time, subject to availability.</p><p>If you already a tickets or a Disney Genie+ purchase for dates 2022, that won't change (and you can still add one in advance up until June 8). You can start booking 2023 vacations as of June 8 as well.</p><p>Disney also announced that early theme park entry Disney Resort hotel guests will continue for visits throughout all of 2023.</p><p><strong><br>California Grill has a New Plant-based Menu<br></strong><br></p><p>The Florida Peach and Raspberry Salad highlight some of Florida’s fresh, bright, and flavorful ingredients  featuring grilled and fresh peaches, raspberry variations, steel-cut oat granola tart, red onion, and a whipped raspberry vinaigrette.</p><p>The house-made Vegetable Dumplings are made with a Doenjang miso-cola onion sauce, radish, crispy garlic-chili oil, and pickled lotus root. </p><p>For entrees, there's a House-made Bucatini Cacio e Pepe, a fresh take on spring flavors with sunflower, allium, crispy sunchokes, charred green onions, toasted onions, and a sunflower seed-ramp pistou along with delicious house-made bucatini topped with a luxurious cashew cream sauce. </p><p>The other new plant-based entrée is the Peas and Carrots Risotto with heirloom carrots, English peas, green garlic, confit onion, and sweet carrot foam. </p><p>And for dessert, the Peanut and Banana Torte is a twist on the classic PB&amp;J. It combines shortbread, peanut ganache, miso-caramel, nut crumbles, and caramelized bananas. </p><p>A spin on the “Banana Fritters” that were featured at the restaurant back in 2013, the Lavender Sugar Donuts is a special 50th Anniversary item that is now home on the plant-based menu, featuring some updated fresh ingredients in season. It has a coconut frozen dessert, blueberry gin jam, and pistachio crumble. And not to mention the presentation is beautiful!</p><p><strong>2022 Eat to the Beat Concert Series Line-up at EPCOT<br></strong><br></p><p>The Eat to the Beat Concert Series is ready to rock the EPCOT International Food &amp; Wine Festival.</p><p>Here is a list of musical artists announced so far:</p><ul><li>July 14-15 – Baha Men</li><li>July 16-18 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy</li><li>July 29-30 – Taylor Dayne</li><li>July 31-Aug. 1 – Tiffany</li><li>August 5-8 – Joey Fatone &amp; Friends</li><li>August 12-13 – The Devon Allman Project</li><li>August 14-15 – Christopher Cross</li><li>August 19-20 – Journey former Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri</li><li>August 21-22 – Air Supply</li><li>September 2-3 – Southern Avenue</li><li>September 4-5 – Kris Allen &amp; David Cook</li><li>September 9-10 – Hoobastank (NEW)</li><li>September 16-17 – Los Amigos Invisibles (NEW)</li></ul>
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Big News from Disney Aulani, Plus More Reopenings at Disneyland
<p><strong>Aunty’s Beach House at Disney Aulani will Reopen on May 25<br></strong><br></p><p>Aunty's Beach House at Aulani will reopen May 25 giving keiki (kids) aged 5-12 access to the fun and adventure once again. Plus, there's something new: Aunty's Beach house will offer evening activities for  the whole family for the very first time.</p><p>Aunty's Beach House is designed as a typical hale (or house) where kids might visit their "aunty." The beach house is a Hawaiian kids club where the focus is on holiday fun. Each of the six rooms is dedicated to different activities - from a movie room to computer lab, arts and crafts studio to a game room.</p><p><br>Parents can reserve a playtime in Aunty’s Beach House between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily for secured and supervised children’s programming. During these hours, parents choose 1.5 hours of playtime for complimentary themed activities on "Uncle's Side" of the house or 2 hours on "Aunty's Side" of the house for premium activities. This is typically a hot ticket and reservations are required.</p><p>Complimentary activities include interactive games and arts and crafts based on the theme of the day. Premium activities include Surf’s Up, A Surfin’, Fishin’ and Dancin’ Party with Disney friends. Children will learn about the ocean, catch a wave on carpet surfboards with Max and get the scoop  on fishing Hawai‘i waters with Goofy.</p><p><br>NEW! Now the whole family can get in on the fun with "after hours" activities from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00  p.m. when Aunty's Beach House turns into an evening entertainment venue. Families can choose from an assortment of complimentary and premium activities where they can learn to play the ‘ukulele, get together for a lesson in animation, or make lasting memories with photo opportunities in front of surfing scenes and other colorful backdrops.</p><p>These activities used to take place in the community hall, but it sounds like they've now made them paid activities and moved them to Aunty's Beach House.</p><p>Aunty's Beach House will reopen with new operations, safety and health protocols in place. Among them: face covering requirements, capacity limits, physical distancing, spacing between craft benches and play areas and temperature checks.</p><p>Reservations for Aunty's Beach House can be made up to two weeks in advance by calling (808) 674-6943 from 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. daily. Programs are subject to change.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>“Tale of the Lion King” Debuts May 28 at Disneyland Park<br></strong><br></p><p>Starting May 28, 2022, Disneyland Park will welcome “Tale of the Lion King” to its new home at the Fantasyland Theatre, where this original-story theatre adaptation of “The Lion King” will be staged in an all-new presentation. At the heart of the production is a traveling troupe known as The Storytellers of the Pride Lands who weave the tale of how a cub becomes a king through dialogue, song, dance and percussion. From the scenic and costume designs to the new original music arrangements and choreography, “Tale of the Lion King” honors and is inspired by the cultural roots of this timeless story.</p><p>Also on May 28, Troubadour Tavern will reopen with new menu items inspired by the show.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>‘Fantasmic!’ is now 30 and is Returning to Disneyland Park on May 28<br></strong><br></p><p>If you have never seen “Fantasmic!” this is definitely a must-do (at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, although we prefer the Disneyland version). Fantasmic is an emotional extravaganza of colorful Disney-animated story scenes, choreographed to an exciting musical score. At Disneyland, the waters of the Rivers of America come alive as Mickey Mouse dreams he is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and faces several villains, using the power of his imagination to save the day. Along the way, fantastic events and images appear from stories including “Fantasia,” “The Jungle Book.” Fantasmic features live performers, character appearances, enhanced special effects and pyrotechnics.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>A Sneak Peek at Disney Cruise Line Disney Wish Inaugural Merchandise <br></strong><br></p><p>WIth the Disney Wish setting sail this summer, Disney is teasing a little more with a preview of some of the merch that you can take home with you from the exclusive Disney Wish merchandise collection. </p><p>Inspired by the Grand Hall on the ship, the first release of merch reflects the enchantment of the Disney Wish with details that include rhinestones and rich fabrication.</p><p>There is something for everyone, from T-shirts, blouses and long sleeve shirts to pullovers and accessories. </p><p> </p><p>A Pandora charm set features Rapunzel (the Wish's bow character) and Captain Minnie Mouse. </p><p> </p><p>You'll also find a new pair of Minnie Mouse ear headbands to add to your collection and even a matching Loungefly backpack.</p><p>Dooney &amp; Bourke has a tote that's part of the collection, which will be available at retail shops on the Disney Wish.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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MagicBand+, Hey Disney and the Disney Travel Tech Transformation
<p><strong>The Tech Transformation of Your Disney Vacation<br></strong><br></p><p><strong><em>It's Official: MagicBand+ Launching this Summer and ‘Hey Disney!’ Later this Year at Walt Disney World Resort</em></strong></p><p><br><strong>What can you do with all this new tech?</strong></p><p><br><strong>Use MagicBand+ to Bring Sculptures to Life<br></strong><br></p><p>You can use MagicBand+ to bring the 50th Anniversary golden sculptures to life and interact with them on the “Disney Fab 50 Quest.” You can also get a deeper experience by using the Play Disney Parks app to keep track of which sculptures you’ve found. The more you find, the more features you can unlock with digital achievements and an augmented reality feature that will give you a glimpse into your favorite characters’ worlds.</p><p><strong>Join the “Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters” Experience with MagicBand+<br></strong><br></p><p>In <em>Galaxy’s Edge</em> at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, MagicBand+ will allow you to join the “Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters” experience, where you’ll use your band to find virtual bounties hidden throughout Black Spire Outpost. MagicBand+ will be your guide, vibrating and lighting up to show if you’re on the right path. Then, the augmented reality thermal viewer in the Play Disney Parks app will reveal what’s behind locked doors in Black Spire Outpost so you can uncover your virtual bounty**. Once your mission is complete, the local guild master will reward you with galactic credits. What do these credits do? We'll find out.</p><p><strong>Experience Nighttime Spectaculars in a New Way with MagicBand+<br></strong><br></p><p>MagicBand+ will also have a glow-with-the-show feature so you can experience nighttime shows in a new way on your wrist.</p><p>All of these experiences will be available when MagicBand+ goes on sale this summer. Disney World Resort hotel guests and Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will have the option to purchase bands at a discounted, pre-arrival price. </p><p>Existing MagicBands will still be available for purchase and will continue to work as it does currently.</p><p>MagicBand+ will be available at Disneyland Resort later this year. Some of the features will vary between Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. More on that as the news comes in.</p><p><strong>“Hey Disney!” is Coming to Walt Disney World<br></strong><br></p><p>We now know that “Hey Disney!” is coming to Walt Disney World, but we still don't know exactly when. </p><p>According to Disney: "Hey Disney uses Alexa technology for supported Amazon Echo devices where you’ll be able to ask all the useful questions – weather forecasts, set timers and alarms, etc. – and get answers from more than 25 popular characters including Mickey Mouse, Olaf, Rocket and Groot, Princess Tiana and many more." </p><p>When you stay at select Disney Resort hotels, you can use “Hey Disney!” to learn helpful information about your vacation, order room amenities and more. Wondering when the next bus to EPCOT leaves or need to request more towels for your room? Just ask the Disney Magical Companion, a new character who will interact with you via “Hey Disney!”</p><p>‘Hey Disney!’ will begin rolling out the Mickey ears devices in select Disney Resort hotel guest rooms across Walt Disney World at some point in 2022 as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. Access will be offered as an optional, complimentary feature during your stay. </p><p>Yes, You Can Have Hey Disney at Home!</p><p>“Hey Disney!” will also be available for purchase for supported Amazon Echo devices via the Amazon Alexa Skills store, so you can bring the magic of Disney home with you. In the future, MagicBand+ will work with “Hey Disney!” by pairing with supported Amazon Echo devices to enhance some “Hey Disney!” experiences. More details will be released soon.</p><p><em>Note: To use the Play Disney Parks mobile app to enhance the MagicBand+ experience, guests must be logged into the Play Disney Parks app with the Disney account linked with their MagicBand+.</em></p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is opening with virtual queue and individual Lightning Lane selection<br></strong><br></p><p>When Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens in EPCOT on May 27, you will be able to access the through virtual queue and individual Lightning Lane. There will be no standby line-up option.</p><p>You will need to use the My Disney Experience app to join the virtual queue or buy an individual Lightning Lane spot. The virtual queue is limited to one use per day for Cosmic Rewind.</p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>There are Some New Details about What's Behind those Walls at Epcot</strong></p><p> </p><p>World Celebration is the new hub area, divided into different gardens with a central planter based on the five-ring EPCOT logo. The area is filled with lots of seating and shaded areas in a lush, nature theme. Each of the gardens will have their own theme and they’ll change with the festivals throughout the year.</p><p> </p><p>At night, when the lighting takes over, the gardens will immerse you in a special nighttime experience that will evolve through the seasons.</p><p>The garden areas surround CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza, where EPCOT's international festivals will find a home base. CommuniCore Plaza will host musical performances of all sizes. </p><p>CommuniCore Hall will be a flexible exhibition and gallery space, offering a wide variety of experiences that highlight art, live music, food – complete with a demonstration kitchen. Next to CommuniCore Hall will be a new Mickey &amp; Friends location where you can meet favorite Disney characters.</p><p>This new area, was inspired by the original EPCOT aesthetic that can be seen throughout the park’s transformation, including the timeless triangular geometry most prominently featured in Spaceship Earth. Even the CommuniCore name reaches back to the origins of EPCOT while also emphasizing the park’s central idea of community.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>New Star Wars Experiences at Disneyland Resort</strong></p><p> </p><p>In Tomorrowland, Hyperspace Mountain is back for a limited time through July 4.</p><p> </p><p>Captain Phasma and her Stormtroopers have returned for a limited time to patrol Tomorrowland, seeking out Resistance sympathizers and reinforcing the will of the First Order. Plus, watch out for new visitors walking the lands.</p><p>For a limited time, Tomorrowland showcases special photo spots including a replica of the palace throne from “The Book of Boba Fett.” You can also recreate the moment in season two of “The Mandalorian,” when Grogu connected with the Force at the ancient Jedi temple on Tython.</p><p>Throughout the May and June, new galactic food and drink can be found at Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland and throughout <em>Star Wars</em>: <em>Galaxy’s Edge.<br></em><br></p><p>Some of the new items will include:</p><ul><li>New Bubo Wamba Family Farms Cup (Milk Stand, <em>Galaxy’s Edge)</em></li><li>Blue Milk: Mon Cala Swirl (Milk Stand, <em>Galaxy’s Edge</em>)</li><li>Parfait of Mustafar (Galactic Grill, Tomorrowland)</li><li>Ishi Tib-style Pasta with Braised Beef Banthak (Docking Bay 7 Food &amp; Cargo, <em>Galaxy’s Edge</em>)</li><li>Sullust Garlic Chips (Jat Kaa’s Coolers, <em>Galaxy’s Edge)</em></li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>Over at Disney's Hollywood Studios several New Star Wars Photo Ops are now available<br></strong><br></p><p>The training droid Magic Shot is popular, plus Select Image Scanners in Batuu c...</p>
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Halloween Details Have Emerged for Walt Disney World and More News
<p><strong>Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns to Walt Disney World Resort This Fall</strong></p><p>It's back: the full version of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party will take place on 37 select nights from August 12 through October 31, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.</p><p>Here’s some of what’s in store for this limited-capacity event in 2022:</p><ul><li>Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade is back, including the Headless Horseman will once again ride down Main Street, U.S.A.</li><li>Trick-or-treating is back, so you can load up on M&amp;M’S, SKITTLES, SNICKERS, and more Halloween favorites at locations throughout Magic Kingdom Park. And new for the 50th Anniversary, you will also get a reusable trick-or-treat bag featuring a keepsake 50th and Halloween design.</li><li>The Sanderson Sisters will lead a “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show at Cinderella Castle.</li><li>Favorite and rare Disney characters will take over the park for their favorite party of the year.</li><li>Overlays themed for the occasion are back at many popular Magic Kingdom attractions: Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.</li><li>Jack Skellington, will host “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular<em>.” </em>This can’t-miss nighttime show features projections, special effects, lighting, fireworks, music and Disney characters.</li><li>Discover sweet and savory menu items inspired by fall flavors and the Halloween season.</li><li><strong>NEW! </strong>In honor of the 50th Anniversary celebration, there will be event-exclusive step-in photo opportunities. Plus, you'll also get a Halloween-themed 50th Anniversary commemorative print.</li></ul><p>Tickets will go on sale May 18, 2022. If you have a reservation at a Walt Disney World hotel, you can book as early as May 12. Tickets range from $109-$199 plus tax. Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members will get specially-priced tickets for select dates.</p><p>Note: You do not require an additional day theme park ticket or a Disney Park Pass theme park reservation. The event dates are:</p><ul><li>August: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30</li><li>September: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30</li><li>October: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31</li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>Disney Cruise Line Has New Halloween Experiences<br></strong><br></p><p>This September and October Disney Cruise Line will have Halloween-themed cruises with special entertainment and activities, including trick-or-treating, spooky parties, elaborate décor and limited-time food and beverage items. These voyages will also debut an all-new character meet and greet opportunity. </p><p>All Disney characters on board will be in Halloween costumes but Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck and Clarabelle Cow will debut brand new looks as they dress up as the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus.</p><p>For its first season of Halloween cruises this fall, the Disney Wish will also introduce a unique twist on a Halloween on the High Seas hallmark.</p><p>The centerpiece of every ship during Halloween is the signature magical Pumpkin Tree towering over the atrium lobby, each with sprouting Jack-O-Lanterns and flickering lights. On the Disney Wish, guests will witness the debut of an all-new tree in the Cinderella-inspired Grand Hall.</p><p>Featuring lighter bark, graceful branches and a mystical face, legend has it that this enchanted tree (named Boo) grew beautiful gourds with the help of a wishing star. The best pumpkin of them all was destined to grant a very special wish … and that moment came when a carriage was needed to send a fair maiden to a royal soiree. In a flash of bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, that perfect pumpkin became the coach that carried Cinderella to the prince’s ball!</p><p>Other Halloween experiences will include Mickey's Mouse-querade Party, a costume party for families and Disney characters; villainous takeovers in the adult-exclusive areas; Halloween-themed movies on Funnel Vision; and even a ghostly take on ship announcements.</p><p>Halloween on the High Seas voyages will be offered aboard select sailings in September and October. Departing from ports in Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida, San Diego and New York City, each cruise will travel to destinations including the Bahamas, Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada and Mexico. </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Halfway to Halloween Announcements from Disneyland Resort<br></strong><br></p><p>Disneyland Resort is also getting in on the Halfway to Halloween fun. Here's what we know so far.</p><p> </p><p>It's confirmed that Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, will officially return for the 2022 Halloween season. It's a separately ticketed, limited-capacity, after-hours event at Disney California Adventure Park and will be back for select nights this fall.</p><p>We'll share exact dates and ticket information as soon as they're released.</p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>More Disneyland News Updates<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Hotels of the Disneyland Resort News <br></strong><br></p><p>Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is finally being reimagined based on the artistry of Pixar. It will feature favorite Pixar worlds and characters through carefully curated artwork, and décor that reveals the creative journey of the artists who helped bring these stories to life.</p><p>Guests will be welcomed into whimsical character moments, like the iconic, playful Pixar Lamp balancing atop its ball in the lobby. More news on this will be coming soon. </p><p>What we do know now is that a new walkway is currently under construction that will soon give Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel Guests a convenient entrance to Disney California Adventure Park.</p><p>Plus, we now know that the long-awaited “Hey Disney!” – a new kind of voice assistant that works alongside Alexa on Amazon Echo devices in Disneyland Resort hotel rooms that can make your stay more convenient, engaging, and enjoyable – will debut later this year.</p><p>Later this summer, if you stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel you can look forward to sending select theme park purchases back to your resort hotel.</p><p>And finally, early entry access is coming back for guests staying at one of our Disneyland Resort hotels beginning later this summer.</p><p><strong>Downtown Disney News <br></strong><br></p><p>The latest transformation of Downtown Disney is under way in the west end and will bring more innovative shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. Drawing inspiration from Southern California mid-century modern architecture, the west-end area will be a beautiful blend of vibrant color palettes, design elements and patterns influenced by the region, and will include an open lawn for relaxation and future events, and an even broader and diverse collection of dining and shopping.</p><p>The world-renowned restaurant Din Tai Fung will join the district to offer guests their soup dumplings hand crafted right on site. This family-run restaurant will bring flavorful Chinese cuisine to Downtown Disney, where Guests can enjoy dishes served family style in a creative space off of our new lawn pavilion.</p><p> </p><p>Michelin-starred chef Carlos Gaytan will bring his Mexican cuisine to Paseo and Centrico in the locations currently occupied by Catal &amp; Uva Bar. The restaurant and central courtyard bar and dining area will offer a multi-sensory journey to the heart of Chef Gaytan’s homeland.</p><p> </p><p>Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is evolving to reflect vibrant California energy and a fresh approach to the menu, while staying true to the heart of New Orleans.</p><p>And f...</p>
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How to Claim Your Spot on Cinderella Castle, plus Cosmic Rewind News
<p><strong>Claim Your Own Unique Place on Cinderella Castle as it transforms with Disney PhotoPass Photos<br></strong><br></p><p>Disney PhotoPass Service is introducing a unique new offer called “Cinderella Castle Mural of Memories.” It will let you transform Cinderella Castle with your PhotoPass photos using augmented reality technology, brought to life through Disney’s collaboration with Snap.</p><p><br>Here's how it works:</p><p><br><strong>Step 1: Claim Your Place on Cinderella Castle</strong><br>While in <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/magic-kingdom/">Magic Kingdom park</a>, go to Cinderella Castle and open the My Disney Experience app to see available areas where you can pin a photo. Then select an available area on Cinderella Castle.</p><p><strong>Step 2: Select Your Disney PhotoPass Photo</strong><br>Choose one of your eligible photos (to be eligible, the photo must be taken by a Disney PhotoPass photographer in a picturesque theme park location). Or, use an iconic Disney photo for your memory.</p><p><strong>Step 3: Explore Memories and Share Your Own</strong><br>See the memories of family, friends and other park Guests. You can also download your memory and share it, too! <br> <br>There's a one-time fee of $9.99 per memory and includes the download of your memory photo.</p><p>Here's what you get for $9.99:</p><ul><li>A spot on Cinderella Castle to digitally pin a photo, which will be waiting for you (and all guests) to view during visits to Magic Kingdom Park throughout the 50th celebration and beyond (for at least three years).</li><li>A video of your PhotoPass photos photos flying from the castle for downloading and sharing.</li><li>The ability to download a high-resolution version of the pinned photo from your Disney PhotoPass gallery (a $16.95 value) both in its original form and a version with a special border that includes your first name. If you’re a Disney cast member, Annual Passholder, Disney Vacation Club Member, or Club 33 Member you’ll get a personalized border fora your affiliation.</li></ul><p>Over time, new sections of the castle will be released, so they'll be new spots to pin your memories. </p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Final Playlist and a Villain are Revealed for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT<br></strong><br></p><p>Not surprisingly when <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em>: Cosmic Rewind launches on May 27 it will have its own playlist to power your journey.</p><p>Disney Imagineers came up with a list of more than 100 potential songs for the Starjumpers’ onboard sound system. How did they narrow it down to six? The team rode the attraction over and over again testing how various tracks fit with the spirit and the movement of the coaster. They finally settled on the following six songs in their original classic versions:</p><ul><li>“September”</li><li>“Disco Inferno”</li><li>“Conga”</li><li>“Everybody Wants to Rule the World”</li><li>“I Ran”</li><li>“One Way or Another”</li></ul><p>You won’t know which track you're going to hear until you blast off. Plus we now know that the theme of the ride is to help stop Eson, the Celestial villain who is trying to complete an evil plan. </p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>Connections Café &amp; Eatery is Now Open at EPCOT<br></strong><br></p><p>Connections Café &amp; Eatery is open and ready to serve in the World Celebration neighborhood.</p><p><br>The restaurant’s design includes nods to Walt Disney’s original plans for EPCOT. There are two experiences – an eatery on one side serving lunch and dinner menus, and a café and pastry shop on the other open all day long. </p><p><br>When walking past Spaceship Earth on the way into the park, Connections Café and Eatery is on the left. Floor-to-ceiling windows give a full view of the open space featuring modern décor and tempting smells of pastries baking, fresh coffee brewing and burgers on the grill. Since World Celebration is located in the center of the park, Connections Café &amp; Eatery offers some great views as well.</p><p>A colorful mural called “Global Gathering” covers one wall and reflects the heart of the restaurant – people from around the world gathering around food. It’s one of the biggest murals Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created. Take note how the scenes blend seamlessly from sunrise to sunset.</p><p><br>You can also see chefs at work in three show kitchens. Watch them grilling, sautéing and baking everything from burgers to pizzas and sprinkling pixie dust on fun desserts from milkshakes to waffles.</p><p>Whether it's coffee or tea, you'll find it here showcasing how various cultures enjoy their favorite drinks.</p><p>As always at WDW, don’t forget to look down. There are three original floor inlays inspired by Walt’s 1966 “Florida Project” site plans, where EPCOT was to serve as the “center” of Walt Disney World. These details honor Walt's original dream of EPCOT. </p><p>--</p><p><strong>‘Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!’ Opening Summer 2022 at Animal Kingdom Park<br></strong><br></p><p>The Nemo show is getting an update: “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” – opens this summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.</p><p>The fully updated, 25-minute show incorporates live performers and puppets, along with many of the favorite songs from the original “Finding Nemo: The Musical.”</p><p>In addition to a new script, the show features new set pieces and a new LED video wall designed to visually extend the world created by the physical sets on stage. We aren’t talking small set pieces either. Watch for a 32-foot-long sunken submarine and a fish tank volcano standing nearly 15 feet tall.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>How to Treat Mom for Mother's Day at Disneyland and Walt Disney World<br></strong><br></p><p>Mother’s Day May 8 is almost here and Disney chefs have put their best creations forward to celebrate. </p><p><strong><em>Disneyland Resort</em></strong><strong><br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Disneyland Park<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Plaza Inn </strong></p><ul><li>Mother’s Day Brunch: Drop “inn” to enjoy a meal with family on Main Street, U.S.A. with classic American fare joined by Minnie Mouse and her friends. Reserve your spot now.</li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel &amp; Spa<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>GCH Holiday Cart</strong></p><ul><li>Enjoy various Mother's Day-themed treats including chocolate covered strawberries, macarons, and cookie shots available with milk or liqueur</li></ul><p><strong>Storytellers Cafe </strong></p><ul><li>Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner: Enjoy delicious dishes with the whole family with decadent flavors and characters in this brunch and dinner celebration. Reserve your spot now.</li></ul><p><strong>Disneyland Hotel<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Goofy’s Kitchen</strong></p><ul><li>Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner: Celebrate over tasty plates and appearances from beloved Disney friends! Reserve your spot now.</li></ul><p><br><strong><em>Walt Disney World Resort</em></strong><strong><br></strong><br></p><p><strong>EPCOT<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Coral Reef Restaurant </strong><em>(available on May 8) </em></p><ul><li>Mother’s Day Dessert: Strawberry-pistachio dome with strawberry-lemon gel and ruby chocolate powder <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Le Cellier Steakhouse </strong><em>(available on May 8) </em></p><ul><li>Mother’s Day Dessert: Strawberry mousseline, pistachio chiffon, strawberry jelly, caramelized chocolate crumble, and raspberry meringue <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Sunshine Seasons</strong> <em>(available on May 8) </em></p><ul><li>Mother’s Day Cupcake: Red ...</li></ul>
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Disney Food Top Picks, What's Puzzling Disney Travelers and more
<p><strong>Will there Be a Walt Disney World Halloween Party in 2022?</strong></p><p> </p><p>Will there be a Halloween Party this year? This is what's on the minds of Disney travelers right now. The debate rages on among Disney travelers as they debate whether or not Walt Disney World will hold a Halloween event of any kind in 2022.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Expedition Everest has now Reopened and is temporarily available through Genie+</strong></p><p>Expedition Everest has now reopened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, with one change: Expedition Everest has been added to Genie+ service through August 7, 2022. During this time, Lightning Lane entry will not be available as an individual, a la carte purchase.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Foodie Guide to Earth Day 2022 at Disney Parks</strong></p><p>Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland are celebrating Earth Day and Earth Week by serving up a ton of limited-edition treats inspired by the world around us. </p><p><br><strong>Walt Disney World Resort </strong></p><p><br><strong><em>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park</em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Pizzafari and Flame Tree Barbecue </strong><em>(available on Mobile Order through April 28) </em></p><ul><li>Flamingo Cupcake: Strawberry cake filled with strawberry compote and crowned with guava frosting, strawberry crisp pearls, and white-chocolate wings</li></ul><p><strong>Dawa Bar </strong></p><ul><li>Lion’s Fury: Jungle juice, Red Stag Bourbon, Fireball Whiskey Floater, and a fiery glow cube <em>(available through April 28)</em></li><li>Tiger Tail Pale Ale: Celebrating Florida’s tiger swallowtail butterfly, this pale ale features notes of passionfruit, strawberry, and grapefruit <em>(available through April 28) </em></li></ul><p><strong>Dino Diner </strong><em>(available through April 28) </em></p><ul><li>Sea Turtle: Frozen blue raspberry and frozen lemonade with a wave of blue cotton candy on top</li></ul><p><strong>Isle of Java </strong><em>(available through April 28) </em></p><ul><li>Red Crowned Cane: Frozen Coke with frozen cherry and a crown of cotton candy</li></ul><p><strong>Restaurantosaurus Lounge </strong></p><ul><li>Crave the Wave: vodka, blue curaçao, lemonade, and a lemon wheel <em>(available through April 28)</em></li><li>Tiger Tail Pale Ale: Celebrating Florida’s tiger swallowtail butterfly, this pale ale features notes of passionfruit, strawberry, and grapefruit <em>(available through April 28)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Creature Comforts and Restaurantosaurrus </strong><em>(available on Mobile Order through April 28)  </em></p><ul><li>Honey Bee Cupcake: Orange cake, honey cream filling, honey frosting, white choc honeycomb</li></ul><p><strong>Terra Treats</strong> <em>(available through April 28) </em></p><ul><li>Loggerhead: Sprite and Granny Smith apple syrup over ice with a gummy worm, sugar lime rim, and souvenir glow cube (non-alcoholic)</li></ul><p><strong>Satu'li Canteen </strong><em>(available on Mobile Order through April 28) </em></p><ul><li>Kiwi Margarita: Kiwi Monin syrup with lime juice, sour mix, and Tcorazon Tequila Blanco</li></ul><p><strong>Thirsty River Bar </strong></p><ul><li>Yeti Sunset: Jack Daniels, strawberry monin, and lychee lemonade <em>(available through April 28) </em></li><li>Tiger Tail Pale Ale: Celebrating Florida’s tiger swallowtail butterfly, this pale ale features notes of passionfruit, strawberry, and grapefruit <em>(available through April 28)</em></li></ul><p><strong><em>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge </em></strong></p><p><br><strong>The Mara </strong><em>(available on April 22) </em></p><ul><li>Plant (Based) in Boot: Chocolate Spice Cake with Coconut Ganache in a Chocolate Boot <strong><em>(Plant-based)</em></strong><em> </em><strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong><em>Disney’s BoardWalk Inn </em></strong></p><p><br><strong>BoardWalk Bakery </strong><em>(available on Mobile Order from April 18 through 22) </em></p><ul><li>Garden Cupcake: Lemon cupcake with a lemon curd filling topped with vanilla buttercream and white chocolate ladybug <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disneyland Resort </strong></p><p><br><strong><em>Disneyland Park</em></strong></p><p><br><strong>River Belle Terrace</strong> <em>(available April 21 through 25) </em></p><ul><li>Corn on a Cob Succotash: “Butter"-poached corn, edamame purée, chili oil <strong><em>(Plant-based) (New) </em></strong></li><li>Plant-based Chili &amp; Cornbread Skillet: Chili beans, corn cake, “sour cream,” and green onions <strong><em>(Plant-based) (New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong><em>Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel &amp; Spa</em></strong></p><p><br><strong>GCH Craftsman Grill </strong><em>(available on Mobile Order through April 30) </em><strong> </strong></p><ul><li>Earth Day Hot Dog: featuring plant-based sausage, sauteed spinach, mushrooms, and onions topped with green goddess dressing, edible flowers, and served with fruit <strong><em>(Plant-based) (New)</em></strong></li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>World of Color to Return with a Virtual Queue on April 22 at Disney California Adventure Park</strong></p><p>Disney is adding a virtual queue option to help you see World of Color. The virtual queue is accessible through the Disneyland mobile app. As of April 22, distribution times for virtual queue enrolment will begin at noon every day. After you reserve a virtual spot, you will be notified through the Disneyland app approx. 45 mins before the show to enter your designated World of Color viewing area (Blue or Red). </p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Foodie Guide to Nighttime Spectaculars at Disneyland Resort: The Magic Returns</strong></p><p>Nighttime spectaculars are coming back to Disneyland so we shouldn't be surprised that there are some tasty eats and drinks to celebrate.</p><p>Across both parks, Guests can enjoy delicious treats and eye-catching novelties to celebrate these spectaculars. From the Parade Macaron at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe to the Light-up Elliott Dragon Premium Bucket, these items are the foodie embodiment of these incredible entertainment must-sees.</p><p><strong>Disneyland Park </strong></p><p><br><strong>Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor hosted by Dreyer’s </strong><em>(available on Mobile Order)</em></p><ul><li><strong>Uni-cone: </strong>Banana, cherry, and pistachio ice cream in a white chocolate-dipped waffle cone with fantasy sprinkles</li></ul><p><strong>Hub Churro Cart</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Blueberry Looks Good on You</strong>: Blueberry-flavored sugar-dusted churro <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li><strong>Blueberry Cheesecake Dipping Sauce</strong>: Blueberry fruit topping with cream cheese icing <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Fantasyland Theatre and Small World Popcorn Carts</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Electric Sweet &amp; Salty Popcorn: </strong>Colorful sweet kettle corn cwith butter-flavored popcorn <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Fantasyland and Small World Churro Carts </strong></p><ul><li><strong>Electric Sprinkle Dip</strong>: Citrus buttercream frosting with sprinkles <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe </strong><em>(available on Mobile Order)</em></p><ul><li>Parade Macaron: Yellow macaron filled with honey buttercream and lemon curd topped with rainbow sprinkles and Main Street Electrical Parade drum decoration <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Mine Cart Brownie: White chocolate-dipped dark chocolate brownie topped with sugar gems</li><li>Linzer Cookie: Citrus shortbread linzer cookie with strawberry glaze</li></ul><p></p>
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A Disney World Restaurant Makeover, Plus Easter Fun at Disney Resorts
<p><strong>Narcoossee's to Undergo a Refurbishment this Summer</strong></p><p> </p><p>Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort &amp; Spa will be unavailable as of June 18, 2022 as the restaurant undergoes refurbishment. Disney says they expect the location will re-open later in 2022 with an enhanced dining experience. </p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>Disneyland Forever Fireworks Spectacular Returns to Disneyland Park April 22<br></strong><br></p><p>Disneyland Resort is getting ready to “ignite the night” once again with the return of three nighttime spectaculars.</p><p>It's all happening on Earth Day, April 22, 2022, when <em>World of Color</em> at Disney California Adventure Park and <em>Main Street Electrical Parade</em> and <em>Disneyland Forever</em> at Disneyland Park will make their long-awaited returns.</p><p>“Disneyland Forever” originally debuted in 2015 for the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration and now promises a few new surprises for its "street to sky" return.</p><p>As we mentioned in past news reports, when <em>Disneyland Forever</em> returns on April 22, it will run weekends only (Friday through Sunday). During the week “Mickey’s Mix Magic” will present a high-energy, projections-only show from Monday through Thursday until late spring (no specific date has been announced). At that time, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks will then run nightly in the summer.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Aulani, A Disney Resort &amp; Spa is Offering Discounts for Fall Travel</strong></p><p><br>This fall, Aulani resort on Oahu is offering a chance to save on select rooms for stays of 5 or more nights, with travel from August 23 through November 18 and November 26 through December 22, 2022.</p><p>In true Disney style, the more you play, the less you pay:</p><ul><li>You can save up to 30% on select rooms for stays of 5 or more consecutive nights</li><li>You can save up to 25% on select rooms for stays of 4 consecutive nights </li></ul><p>If you book before May 4, 2022, your stay of 4 or more nights will include a $150 Resort credit.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Foodie Guide to Delicious Easter Goodies at Disney Parks<br></strong><br></p><p>It’s time to hop on over to Disney Parks because Easter is here and with that, tons of treats are waiting to fill up your Easter baskets.</p><p>There are returning classics and adorable treats to enjoy at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. As always, Disney's Easter goodies are works of art in addition to being pretty great tasting. </p><p>And, to make this year even more special and festive, the popular hand-crafted Easter egg displays are back and sprinkled across at least three Walt Disney World Resort hotels.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Walt Disney World Resort <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Easter Egg Display at Disney’s Beach Club Resort Lobby</strong> <em>(available through April 17)</em></p><p><strong>Easter Egg Display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort</strong> <em>(available through April 20 on the 4th floor)</em></p><p><strong>Easter Egg Display at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort &amp; Spa Lobby</strong> <em>(available through April 18)</em></p><p> </p><p><strong>Available at Multiple Resorts April 10 through 23</strong><em> </em></p><ul><li><strong>Coconut Sugar Bunny Cupcake</strong>: Carrot cake cupcake filled with pineapple topped with cream cheese buttercream and a coconut sugar bunny <em>(available on Mobile Order)</em><strong><em> (New) </em></strong>Available at the following: <ul><li><strong>Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort</strong></li><li><strong>Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort </strong></li><li><strong>Sassagoula Floatworks at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter </strong></li><li><strong>Riverside Mill at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside </strong></li><li><strong>Everything Pop at Disney’s Pop Century Resort </strong></li></ul></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort </strong></p><p><strong>World Premiere Food Court, Intermission Food Court, and End Zone Food Court </strong><em>(available on Mobile Order from April 10 through 23)</em><strong> </strong></p><ul><li><strong>Spring Into Easter</strong>: Strawberry mousse with blueberry compote and lemon curd on vanilla cake <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge </strong></p><p>The Mara <em>(available on Mobile Order from April 10 through 17) </em></p><ul><li><strong>Raspberry Fields</strong>: Pistachio financier, raspberry gelée, lemon curd, and a white chocolate glaçage <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s BoardWalk Inn </strong></p><p><strong>Belle Vue Lounge </strong><em>(available through April 30) </em></p><ul><li><strong>Cotton Tails Daiquiri</strong>: Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Chambord liqueur, pure cane syrup, lime juice, and raspberry garnished with an orange peel <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>BoardWalk Bakery </strong><em>(available on Mobile Order from April 10 through 17) </em></p><ul><li><strong>Chocolate-covered Strawberry ‘Carrots’</strong>: Strawberries dipped in orange-colored white chocolate and striped to resemble carrots <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li><strong>Easter Moon Pie</strong>: Sugar cookies with marshmallow filing, dipped in semisweet chocolate and decorated with holiday décor <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li><strong>Coconut Macaroon Nest</strong>: Traditional giant coconut macaroon with pastel chocolate and sprinkles and crunch candy Easter eggs <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li><strong>Cannoli</strong>: Traditional cannoli with pastel holiday décor</li><li><strong>Mickey Brownie</strong>: Ganache brownies with holiday sprinkles</li></ul><p><strong>BoardWalk Joe’s</strong> <em>(available through April 30) </em></p><ul><li><strong>Easter Basket</strong>: Empress Gin, Bols Crème de Banana liqueur, grenadine, and pineapple smoothie garnished with a candied marshmallow <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Leaping Horse</strong> <em>(available through April 30) </em></p><ul><li><strong>The Easter Hunt</strong>: Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, Midori Liqueur, and piña colada garnished with maraschino cherries and a candied marshmallow <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort </strong></p><p><strong>Spyglass Grill </strong></p><p>This location will be opening its doors once again on April 14!</p><ul><li><strong>Coconut Sugar Bunny Cupcake</strong>: Carrot cake cupcake filled with pineapple and topped with cream cheese buttercream and a coconut sugar bunny <em>(available April 14 through 23)</em></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Contemporary Resort </strong><em> </em></p><p><strong>California Grill</strong> <em>(available on April 17) </em></p><ul><li>Three-course Dinner: Three-course tasting menu for the 50th Anniversary Celebration with an Easter-themed dessert enhancement <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Chef Mickey’s </strong><em>(available on April 17) </em></p><ul><li><strong>Carrot Cake Cupcakes</strong>: Mini carrot cake cupcake topped with cream cheese icing, coconut, and a sugar carrot <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Contempo Cafe </strong><em>(available on Mobile Order through April 20) </em></p><ul><li><strong>Easter Bunny Cupcake</strong>: Carrot cake filled with cream cheese icing topped with buttercream and white chocolate bunny ears <strong><em>(New) </em>&lt;...</strong></li></ul>
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The Longest Running Show at Walt Disney World is Coming Back
<p><strong>Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Returns Summer 2022<br></strong><br></p><p>Get ready to welcome back another old favorite as the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue returns this summer to Walt Disney World. Reservations will be available starting May 26 for showtimes beginning June 23.</p><p><br>The Pioneer Hall Players lead the way on this frontier-style family fun dining experience in Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. First debuting in 1974, Hoop-Dee-Doo is a rousing Wild West performance, featuring singing, old style comedy with lots of fun (including audience participation). The food is also great, featuring fried chicken, smoked BBQ ribs, a variety of savory sides and even strawberry shortcake for dessert.</p><p><br>This show is the longest running performance at Walt Disney World. When it returns, Hoop-Dee-Doo will have a few updates to its script and scenery, while staying true to the treasured experience that it’s been known for all these years.</p><p>-- </p><p> </p><p><strong>Olaf Will be Pleased, as Hugs are Back across the Disney travel universe<br></strong><br></p><p>As early as April 18, Disney will start reintroducing traditional character greetings at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as aboard Disney Cruise Line and at Disney Aulani Resort in Hawaii. What does this mean? You will once again be able to hug Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and more friends, and get an autograph from your favorite Disney Princess (or villain). </p><p>To manage expectations, Disney notes that not all locations will be available immediately for character interaction, but they are planning to reopen in phases throughout the spring and early summer of 2022.</p><p>--</p><p><strong><em>Late-Breaking News:</em></strong><br><strong>Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Roller Coaster Debuts on May 27</strong></p><p>In an early gift of summer, Disney announced that the Cosmic Rewind coaster at EPCOT will officially debut on May 27, 2022. </p><p>While the coaster itself promises to have elements of Crush's Coaster from Disneyland Paris, there is also a pre-show. As the story goes, Xandarians are coming to Earth and building the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at EPCOT, called the Wonders of Xandar pavilion. Guests will learn more about their technology and culture as they move through the pavilion, and discover how our two cultures are similar in so many ways.</p><p>We will report more details as they emerge in future episodes. So stay tuned to 1923 Main Street as the news comes in.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>2022 EPCOT International Food &amp; Wine Festival Begins July 14<br></strong><br></p><p>The EPCOT International Food &amp; Wine Festival is returning to Walt Disney World Resort this summer, from July 14 through November 19, 2022.</p><p>It will be back with everything that you know and love about the festival and we will share full details on the event as it draws nearer. But if you plan to attend, you now know the dates!</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Connections Café and Eatery Opening Soon<br></strong><br></p><p>Connections Café and Eatery will soon open its doors at EPCOT. This new dining experience embraces cultures from around the world and will bring them to life in true EPCOT fashion. </p><p>Here is a preview of the menu for this highly anticipated restaurant. It's a casual quick-service restaurant with a global culinary feel.</p><p>If you love burgers, there's the <strong>French Bistro Burger</strong> with caramelized onions, bacon and brie, or the <strong>Southwestern Burger</strong> featuring a roasted chipotle-corn salsa and guacamole spread. That's not all, you can also enjoy the Vietnamese-inspired <strong>Banh Mi Burger</strong> or the Greek-inspired <strong>Mediterranean Burger</strong>.</p><p>For a lighter option, there are salads inspired by French and Chinese cuisines. The <strong>Niçoise-style Salad</strong> is packed with potatoes, white and green beans and olives drizzled with a delicious Dijon vinaigrette. For an Asian flare, the <strong>General Tso Chicken Salad </strong>features ingredients like broccoli slaw, red bell pepper, mandarin oranges and crispy wontons.</p><p>There are four types of pizza as well, including a classic <strong>Meatball Pizza</strong> and a plant-based <strong>Curry Spice Pizza </strong>topped with carrots, potato, peas and lime “yogurt.”</p><p>And for the little ones there's a <strong>Grilled Chicken Bao</strong> or classics like the <strong>Chicken Nuggets Basket</strong> or <strong>Cheeseburger</strong>.</p><p>Connections Eatery will also have a dessert-style dish: the <strong>Liege Waffle</strong>. This treat is made with brioche yeast dough stuffed with pearl sugar and finished with tasty toppings.</p><p>For the milkshake lover, there are two options: A <strong>Mango-Coconut Milk Shake</strong> topped off with a pomegranate molasses drizzle, and the delectable <strong>Apple Pie Gelato Shake</strong>.</p><p>Both adults and kids can enjoy specialty beverages at Connections Eatery. The <strong>Watermelon-Mint Agua Fresca</strong> is alcohol-free. For adults there are multiple wines and draft beers available, along with the <strong>Cucumber and Thai Basil Cooler</strong>, a specialty cocktail filled with freshness and flavor.</p><p><br>As a reminder, Connections Café is the future home of Starbucks at EPCOT.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Exclusive Merchandise and Enchanting Memories Await Aboard the Disney Wish<br></strong><br></p><p>The Disney Wish will feature an elegant retail district that runs between the Grand Hall and the Walt Disney Theatre on deck 3. On either side of this shop-lined promenade, five distinct outlets will offer exclusive Disney merchandise and luxury gifts like jewelry, watches and accessories.</p><p>One of these shops, Treasures Untold, will be the go-to destination for signature Disney Cruise Line collectibles, including the largest selection of Pandora Jewelry ever, plus limited-time Artist Spotlight collections and guest-favorite Dooney &amp; Bourke handbags.</p><p>In a new location on deck 5, returning Disney cruisers will find a familiar sight: Mickey’s Mainsail, a fleet mainstay filled with Disney Cruise Line themed souvenirs and gifts, plus even more Disney Wish exclusives — like the special-edition Loungefly mini-backpack and headband above. And on the upper decks, Dory’s Forget-Me-Knots will feature swimwear, water-play gear and fun graphic tees inspired by favorite Disney stories.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. 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H2O Glow Nights are Back at Walt Disney World, Plus More Disney News
<p><strong>Disney H2O Glow After Hours Returns this Summer to Typhoon Lagoon</strong></p><p><br>A new <strong>H20 Glow After Hours </strong>is coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. The fun-filled after-hours event returns on Memorial Day Weekend.</p><p><br>Guests of Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels as well as Shades of Green can purchase tickets to H2O Glow right now, with tickets going on sale to the general public on April 1. There is limited capacity, so if you're interested in going, don't delay.</p><p>The after-hours party features vibrant décor, high-energy DJ dance parties, exclusive glow-themed menu offerings and more. Attendees receive a glowing wristband and tasty snacks like popcorn and select ice-cream treats to enjoy throughout the evening.</p><p><strong>Disney H20 Glow After Hours</strong> takes place between 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. every Saturday night from May 28 to August 27, giving Guests three glowing hours in the water park after gates close. Guests with tickets for the exclusive party can even enter Typhoon Lagoon as early as 6 p.m.</p><p>--</p><p> </p><p><strong>Eggstravaganza at Disneyland Resort<br></strong><br></p><p>Celebrate the springtime Easter tradition of Eggstravaganza — a special “egg” hunt throughout the Disneyland Resort from March 31 to April 17, 2022.</p><p><br>To take part you buy a game board and stickers for $9.99* (plus tax) at select shops throughout Disneyland Resort. There are three different game boards, depending on where you want to play: one each at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and at Downtown Disney District.</p><p>Explore for special hidden “eggs” painted as Disney characters, then check off your discoveries by placing the corresponding sticker on the themed Eggstravaganza game board.</p><p>Whether they choose to hunt for eggs or not, you can return their game board to collect your rewards – one of six collectible eggs! </p><p>Redemption locations include Plaza Point at Disneyland Park, Elias &amp; Co. at Disney California Adventure park, and Disney’s Pin Traders and World of Disney at Downtown Disney District, while supplies last.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>New Merchandise Location, Treasures of Xandar, Coming to Wonders of Xandar pavilion at EPCOT<br></strong><br></p><p>New details have been released about the EPCOT's first other-world pavilion, the Wonders of Xandar pavilion, part of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy addition. </p><p><strong>Treasures of Xandar</strong> will be a merchandise shop operated by “The Broker,” a proud Xandarian who is bringing his locally-famous shop to EPCOT. This out-of-this-galaxy shop will feature treasures acquired during travels across the galaxy, as well as items that pay tribute to the planet Xandar and the Guardians of the Galaxy.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Discover the Magic of Our Planet During Earth Week Celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park<br></strong><br></p><p>From April 18-24 you can connect with the magic of nature through family-friendly experiences and special offerings at Animal Kingdom Park.</p><p> </p><p>Learn more about animal species the Disney Conservation Fund is working to protect. Try your hand at drawing as Disney artists at The Animation Experience guide you step by step to bring your favorite Disney characters to life using real animals for inspiration. Each animal represents some of the amazing stories of conservation work Disney is doing around the world.</p><p> </p><p>There is also a limited-time Wilderness Explorer activity that rewards Guests with an Earth Day Nature badge.</p><p> </p><p>On Discovery Island, watch for a special Disney Character Cruise on Discovery River. And throughout the park, Disney PhotoPass magic will have new frames featuring Wall-E and Eve from “Wall-E.” A limited-edition Earth Day 2022 trading pin is also available along with other specialty merchandise and custom food and drinks.</p><p> </p><p>--</p><p><strong>New Bookable Experiences at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort<br></strong><br></p><p>New limited-time offerings bring a taste of the Disney California Adventure Food &amp; Wine Festival to two Disneyland hotels with new seminars, tastings and more.</p><p><strong>Education and Tasting Seminars - April 19</strong></p><p>Learn from industry experts during an educational tasting seminar at the Grand Californian Craftsman Bar.</p><p><strong>Winemaker Reception – April 6</strong></p><p>Enjoy an exclusive Winemaker Reception at the Rose Court Garden at the Disneyland Hotel, with tastings of acclaimed wines from Silver Oak and Twomey.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Upcoming Refurbishments at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort &amp; Spa and Disney's Vero Beach Resort<br></strong><br></p><p>The high Rock Springs Pool and On the Rocks Pool Bar at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort &amp; Spa will be unavailable from January through late March 2023 while the pool undergoes refurbishment. </p><p>The lobby at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort will undergo a refurbishment from mid-April through late May 2022. During this time, the lobby will remain operational and Cast Members will be present to help direct Guests to the check-in location.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Walt Disney World Trip Report Spring 2022, Plus Disney Travel News
<p><strong>What's it Like to Visit Walt Disney World Right Now?<br></strong><br>Walt Disney World is pretty much back to normal in many ways. Masks are a thing of the past. In fact, we felt like the only guests wearing masks at all. We still required a negative Covid test to board a plane home, so we had to be extra careful (although this mandate for Canada is set to expire on April 1, 2022). It's very rare to see a mask on guests at Walt Disney World, except on monorails and buses, where they are still required (although we feel that this mandate won't be here for much longer.</p><p>As Walt Disney World continues to emerge from the pandemic, there are still some things that are catching up. For example, there are not boats running from Disney's Contemporary Resort. This is because Disney World lost a large number of boat captains over the pandemic and they are currently trying to hire and train new captains as quickly as possible. On a related note, we were told that the SeaRaycer mini speedboats would not be back. Apparently, the boats sat around for too long over the pandemic and simply got gummed up and required too much service to make the fleet worth keeping. We don't believe they will be replaced based on our discussions with Disney Cast Members.</p><p><strong>Is Lightning Lane Better than FastPass+?</strong></p><p>In short, no.</p><p>Disney's Genie + and Lightning Lane make visiting the parks at Walt Disney World much more challenging and frustrating versus previous methods of FastPass and FastPass+. We share full details in the episode, along with some tips and tricks for how to make the most of the current Lightning Lane and Individual Lightning Lane.</p><p><strong>Disney World Rides and Attractions Continue to Experience Downtime</strong></p><p>Consistent with what we had been hearing before this visit, many Disney rides and attractions continue to experience more downtime than was previously "normal" for Walt Disney World. Once again, we believe that this is due to staffing challenges and hopefully this will be remedied once Walt Disney World returns to more robust Cast Member staffing levels. </p><p>This was particularly noticeable on things like the Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic Special Event. When you only have three hours in a park (in this case, Epcot), having Ratatouille down and Spaceship Earth down and Frozen Ever After experiencing issues etc., it's not a good thing. It led to longer lines at the few attractions that were open and overall was a poor experience as a result.</p><p><strong><em>In other Disney Travel News...</em></strong></p><p><strong>Connections Café Will Be the New Home of Starbucks at EPCOT</strong></p><p><br>This spring, Connections Café will become the new home of Starbucks at EPCOT. Like other Starbucks locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort, this Starbucks will be designed to fit the theme of its surroundings.</p><p>To make way for Starbucks to move to its new location in World Celebration, Traveler’s Café in World Showcase will close this spring. </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Facemask Requirement Dropped for Disney Skyliner</strong></p><p><br>As of March 16, face coverings are now optional for fully vaccinated guests on the Disney Skyliner. Face coverings will also be optional for fully vaccinated guests on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.</p><p>At this time, face coverings remain required by all Guests (ages 2 and up) on monorails and Disney buses.</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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What's New and What's Coming Back Soon at Walt Disney World
<p><strong>A Look at the Newest Entertainment at Magic Kingdom Park<br></strong><br></p><p>Magic Kingdom Park has more favorites returning, plus new entertainment filling the streets and the castle stage as part of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration.</p><p>“Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire” is newly enhanced that features characters from “Frozen,” “The Princess and the Frog” and more as they join Mickey Mouse and all his friends in a musical extravaganza on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. </p><p>The opening and finale of the show feature a new song and sparkling EARidescent fashions designed exclusively for the 50th. </p><p>The Festival of Fantasy parade is now back – with not one, but two runs each day! Of course the show features the fire-breathing Maleficent dragon – along with just about every major Disney character favorite.</p><p>And sharing the same parade route is the recently launched Adventure Friends Cavalcade. It takes over the Magic Kingdom streets several times a day with nearly 30 of your favorite Disney and Pixar friends including Moana, Nick and Judy from “Zootopia” and Miguel from “Coco.”</p><p>--</p><p><strong>More Experiences Added to Disney Genie+ Service<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Two new experiences are now available in</strong> <strong>Disney Genie+ :</strong></p><ul><li>Magic Kingdom: <strong>Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade</strong></li><li>Disney’s Hollywood Studios: <strong>See Disney Stars at Red Carpet Dreams</strong></li></ul><p><strong>--<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Connections Café and Eatery Opens This Spring at EPCOT</strong></p><p>Connections Café and Eatery recently celebrated a new milestone, with the installation of the first of five marquees. While no date has been announced, the restaurant will open at some point this spring giving EPCOT visitors a new fast-casual restaurant and adjoining café. </p><p>It is in the World Celebration neighborhood of EPCOT.</p><p>The name Connections Cafe was inspired by the core EPCOT idea of “connecting”– by the common bond we share over food and the gathering of people across cultures.</p><p>--</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Update on Hawai‘i’s Safe Travels Program &amp; Safe Access Oahu Program</strong></p><p>Starting March 26, 2022, Hawaii's Safe Travels program will end, meaning passengers arriving from within the U.S. will no longer have to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a pre-travel negative test result upon arrival to Hawaii in order to avoid quarantine. </p><p>However, international passengers still have to follow the travel requirements put in place by the federal government, so testing is still required. If you are traveling from outside the U.S., remember to check before flying.</p><p><br>Also, Honolulu’s Safe Access Oahu program has also ended, and visitors no longer have to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to dine on property.</p><p>What hasn't changed: the State of Hawaii still has a face covering mandate for all indoor locations. </p><p><br>At Disney Aulani Resort, face coverings are required for each Guest age 2 and up, and must be worn in all indoor locations, including Laniwai - A Disney Spa, except when actively eating or drinking while stationary and maintaining appropriate physical distancing. Face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas at Aulani Resort.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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St. Patrick's Day, Women's History Month and More Disney Events
<p><strong>Don’t Miss The Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival: March 11-17</strong></p><p>St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and the annual Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival is back this year from March 11-17 at Raglan Road Irish Pub &amp; Restaurant. Enjoy the very best of Irish talent, a variety of beers and cocktails, classic Irish fare and more. This festival is a can’t-miss experience!</p><p> </p><p><strong>Irish Fare &amp; Brews<br></strong>New on the menu this year is a locally crafted seltzer, called “<strong>So Berry Les</strong>.” The name is a special tribute to John Cooke’s (co-owner of Raglan Road Pub and Cooke’s of Dublin) father Les, who found himself in the Guinness Book of World Records for setting a strawberry-buying record in 1977. So Berry Les was crafted in collaboration with Crooked Can Brewing Co. in Winter Garden, Florida, and is a light and refreshing hard seltzer infused with local Florida strawberry and Key Lime juice. There are also several Irish beer flights and, of course, the classic Guinness.</p><p><strong>Live Entertainment<br></strong>Raglan Road is flying in some top talent from Ireland including <strong>Jig Jam</strong>; the <strong>Lisa Canny Band</strong>; and <strong>Emerald Shore</strong>. Of course, the fan-favorite <strong>Raglan Road Irish Dancers</strong> will also be performing throughout the festival.</p><p>If you really want to get into the spirit, there will also be a face painter, plus giveaways, merchandise at the shop and more. </p><p>Note: On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, Raglan Road will open at 10 a.m., seating guests on a first-come, first-served basis, with a $20 cover charge for guests 18 and older. For those planning to celebrate during the other festival dates from March 11-16, reservations are encouraged.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>In Honor of Women's History Month: 'Celebrate HER Story' at Walt Disney World</strong></p><p>Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating Women’s History Month with “Celebrate HER Story” where they put the spotlight on cherished Disney character heroines and female Cast Members who are making positive impacts. </p><p><strong>Special Selfie Backdrops across Walt Disney World Resort:</strong> Unique photo-silhouette backdrops showcase strong female Disney characters. You'll find them across the property – from Disney Springs to more than 20 Disney Resort hotels. Find them, snap a selfie with your favorite heroine, and share on social media using the tag #CelebrateHERStory.</p><p><strong>At Disney Springs </strong>on Friday and Saturday nights a female DJ will lead a Disney sing-along for families on the AdventHealth Waterside Stage. The playlist will feature songs by some of Disney’s most beloved female characters. Plus various female performers will be featured most nights throughout March.</p><p><strong>At Magic Kingdom Park </strong>special sweet offerings will pay tribute to female Disney Imagineers whose work has greatly influenced and impacted Walt Disney World Resort:</p><ul><li>At Liberty Square Market it's the Madame Leota Cupcake inspired by Leota Toombs: Chocolate-cherry cake filled with black cherry-lime cream finished with blackberry buttercream</li><li>At Friar’s Nook, “it’s a small world” Cupcake inspired by Mary Blair: Lemon funfetti cake, blue raspberry buttercream, and vanilla-lemon buttercream</li><li>And, on food carts on Main Street, U.S.A., you will find the Cinderella Castle Mosaic Cupcake inspired by Dorothea Redmond: Champagne-flavored cake filled with fresh raspberry champagne compote, finished with gold champagne buttercream, mosaic tile sprinkles and chocolate garnish</li></ul><p>At two Disney Resort hotels you'll find specialties inspired by the women of “Encanto.”</p><p>At Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, discover:</p><ul><li>Chorizo Arepas: Cheese arepas topped with chorizo, red pepper and onion-egg scramble, arugula, and sliced avocado</li><li>Mirabel Cupcake: Cinnamon cupcake filled with custard and topped with coconut buttercream, toasted coconut, and Mirabel-inspired fondant garnishes</li></ul><p>Also at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, you can enjoy:</p><ul><li>Luisa Push-Up Cake Pop: Layers of vanilla cake and tres leches pastry cream topped with a doughnut hole ‘boulder’</li><li>Encanto Cholado: Crushed ice topped with sliced fresh fruit, sweetened condensed milk and shredded coconut</li></ul><p><strong>At Disney Springs:</strong> Select locations will showcase signature food and drinks.</p><p>Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will showcase inspired dishes created by female chefs:</p><ul><li>Nona’s Home-Style Meatballs presented by Sous Chef Lori Tiritilli: Italian meatballs with Sunday gravy, basil pesto, and scratch-made lemon ricotta, grilled focaccia crostini, grated pecorino cheese</li><li>Carne Frita con Tostones presented by Sous Chef Natalie Floyd: Crispy pork shoulder tostones, pickled onions, citrus aioli</li></ul><p>Tempt your sweet tooth by heading over to Amorette’s Patisserie to enjoy:</p><ul><li>“The Passion of My Life” Dessert presented by Pastry Chef Yoly Lazo Colon: Pineapple, mango and toasted coconut mousse, coconut chiffon cake, white chocolate crisp pearls and infused passion fruit glacage</li></ul><p>Or, visit The Ganachery to discover a treat inspired by a fierce female Padawan:</p><ul><li>Lady Tano Pop, a concept by Chocolatier Katie Dodge presented by Chef Chocolatier Amanda Lauder: Plant-based coconut and blueberry swirled ganache topped with dark 65% chocolate</li></ul><p><strong>Stories and Heroines</strong></p><p>All month long the <strong>Play Disney Parks App</strong> will feature a special “Women of Imagineering” trivia game highlighting current and former female Disney Imagineers and the contributions they have made to The Walt Disney Company. The celebration even extends to <strong>Disney MobileMagic Service</strong>, where passes featuring exclusive new designs showcase favorite female characters like Edna Mode, Mrs. Incredible, Minnie Mouse and more. These special passes will be available throughout March.</p><p><strong>At EPCOT:</strong> Explore two exhibits spotlighting female trailblazers:</p><ul><li>“Rally of the Gazelles (Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc)” is an immersive vignette found in the Morocco pavilion. It highlights the country’s all-female off-road race, where navigation skills, determination and teamwork mean the difference between getting ahead and going off-course.</li><li>“Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” is an exhibit found in the American Adventure pavilion. It showcases authentic, historical Native artifacts alongside contemporary works of American Indian art.</li></ul><p>--</p><p><strong>The First-Ever Disney Junior Fun Fest is Coming to Disney California Adventure Park for One Day Only<br></strong><br></p><p>The first-ever Disney Junior Fun Fest is a one-day event celebrating the entertaining and music-filled stories from Disney Junior. It takes place at Disney California Adventure Park from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2022.</p><p>The one-day event will include sneak peeks at upcoming Disney Junior series, special announcements, surprise appearances, a “Doc McStuffins” stage show highlighting 10 years of the beloved series, plus the “Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Unbirthday Party,” a hands-on cupcake decorating course inspired by the new Disney Junior series. This fun “Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Unbirthday Party” experience for junior chefs is also being offered throughout Disney California Adventure Food &amp; Wine Festival March 4 – April 26.</p><p>In the morning there will be a cavalcade of Disney Junior characters and throughout the day there will be main stage attractions with games, triv...</p>
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Foodie Guides! EPCOT Flower & Garden; Disneyland Food & Wine
<p><strong>Disneyland Resort announced return dates for its nighttime shows plus a few new surprises</strong></p><p><br>On April 22, 2022, the Main Street Electrical Parade and Disneyland Forever fireworks will return to Disneyland Park and World of Color will return to Disney California Adventure Park. Fantasmic! will return to Disneyland park on May 28, 2022.</p><p><br>The Main Street Electrical Parade will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and to honor this milestone the Disney team is adding an all-new enchanted grand finale that celebrates the theme of togetherness.</p><p><br>Inspired by both the original design of Main Street Electrical Parade” floats and the art style on “it’s a small world,” the new grand finale brings to life more than a dozen Disney Animation and Pixar stories. These stories will be interpreted in thousands of sparkling lights and electro-magnetic music with unique representations of beloved characters as animated dolls.</p><p>Stories will include Encanto, The Jungle Book, Raya and the Last Dragon, Aladdin, Coco, Mulan, Brave, The Princess and the Frog and more. </p><p>When Disneyland Forever returns on April 22 it will only run weekends (Friday through Sunday). Mickey’s Mix Magic will present its projections-only show during the week (Monday through Thursday) until late spring. Disneyland Forever fireworks will then run nightly in the summer. World of Color and Fantasmic! will return to their regular schedule when they reopen.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Foodie Guide to the 2022 EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival Blooming March 2</strong></p><p>The EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival runs from March 2 through July 4.</p><p>Here is the complete list from nearly 20 outdoor kitchens, plus our top pick from what EPCOT chefs have put together for you in 2022.<br>Amelia's must-try picks are noted with an asterisk *<br>Mike's must-try picks are noted with a dagger †</p><p><strong>Flavor Full Kitchen (Between Imagination! and Refreshment Port) <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with savory garlic spread <strong><em>(Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (Plant-based) (Garden Graze) </em></strong></li><li>Seared Verlasso Salmon with farro risotto and micro herbs</li><li>Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate crisp pearls</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Blood Orange Agua Fresca (non-alcoholic)</li><li>Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (non-alcoholic)*</li></ul><p><strong>EPCOT Sunshine Griddle (Near Test Track) </strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Avocado Toast with marinated toybox tomatoes on toasted ciabatta <strong><em>(Plant-based) (Garden Graze)</em></strong></li><li>Shrimp and Grits: Blackened shrimp and cheddar cheese grits with brown gravy and sweet corn salsa</li><li>Corned Beef Brisket Hash with house-made potato barrels, onions, peppers, cheese curds, and a soft-poached egg with Tabasco hollandaise <strong><em>(Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) </em></strong>†</li><li>Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with cream cheese frosting and candied bacon*</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Froot Loops Shake (non-alcoholic)</li><li>Joffrey’s Coffee Cold Brew Cocktail with milk, rum and coffee liqueur, and vanilla vodka</li></ul><p><strong>The Honey Bee-stro <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Tupelo Honey and Sweet Corn Spoon Bread with jalapeños, bacon, and house-made whipped honey butter <strong><em>(Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) </em></strong><em>*</em></li><li>Lavender Honey Mustard-marinated Chicken Flatbread with whipped honey-ricotta cheese, marinated vegetables, and goat cheese</li><li>Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with orange blossom honey whipped cream, whipped honey, crystalized honey, honeycomb, dehydrated honey, and fennel pollen meringue kisses</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Honey-Peach Freeze in a Souvenir Spike the Bee Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(Limit 2 per guest)</em></strong></li><li>Lemonade Mead</li><li>Orange Blossom Honey Wine</li><li>Honey-Peach Freeze with Blueberry Vodka</li></ul><p><strong>The Citrus Blossom (Near Port of Entry)<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>NEW! </strong>Crispy Mojo Marinated Pork Belly, Avocado Cream, Corn Salsa, Salsa Verde, and Plantain Chips <strong><em>(Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) </em></strong></li><li>Tuna Tataki Bowl with spicy yuzu glaze, mango, avocado, and pappadam crisp</li><li><strong>NEW! </strong>Grapefruit Tart: Grapefruit curd, lychee jam, ginger mousse, and yuzu cream</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Orange-Lemon Smoothie in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(Limit 2 per guest)</em></strong></li><li>Key Lime Hibiscus Ale</li><li>Orange Peel Ale</li><li>Citrus Honey Cream Ale</li><li>Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy</li><li>Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong>Refreshment Port (Near Canada)<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items: </strong></p><ul><li>House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers Poutine <strong><em>(Plant-based) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages: </strong></p><ul><li>Salted Cucumber Apple Hard Cider</li><li>Lavender Martini: Vodka with lavender and lemon</li></ul><p><strong>Pineapple Promenade (Near Port of Entry)*<br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Spicy Hot Dog with pineapple chutney and plantain chips</li><li>DOLE Whip <strong><em>(Plant-based) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic)</li><li>DOLE Whip with Fanta (non-alcoholic)</li><li>Tropical Hefe Wheat Ale</li><li>Fresh Pressed Mango, Pineapple, and Guava Wheat Ale</li><li>Hazy Pebbles Fruity Hazy Milkshake</li><li>Violet Lemonade Ale</li><li>Sparkling Pineapple Wine</li><li>DOLE Whip topped with mango cream liqueur</li><li>Pineapple Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong>Trowel &amp; Trellis (Near Disney Traders)</strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Grilled Baby Vegetables with hummus cream and red pepper coulis <strong><em>(Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) (Plant-based) (Garden Graze) </em></strong></li><li>Impossible Sausage and Kale Soup <strong><em>(Plant-based)</em></strong></li><li>Boneless Impossible Korean Short Rib with cilantro-lime rice, Danmuji slaw, and Kimchee Mayonnaise <strong><em>(Plant-based) </em></strong>†</li><li><strong>NEW! </strong>Chocolate Cake with whipped cassis mousse, raspberry gelato, and fresh raspberries<strong><em> (Plant-based) </em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Twinings Energizing Matcha Cranberry &amp; Lime Green Tea (non-alcoholic)</li><li>Bloom Hazy IPA</li><li>Twinings Energizing Matcha Cranberry &amp; Lime Green Tea with lime vodka served in a mason jar</li></ul><p><strong>Refreshment Outpost</strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Pineapple Skewer with tajin seasoning <strong><em>(Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) (Plant-based) </em></strong></li><li>Tangerine soft-serve</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Tangerine Cream Ale</li><li>Blueberry Lemonade Hard Cider</li><li>Organic Blonde Ale with passion fruit</li></ul><p><strong>Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany)</strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Potato Pancakes with house-made apple sauce <strong><em>(Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) (Plant-based) (Garden Graze) </em></strong>*</li><li>Potato Pancake with caramelized ham, onions, and herb sour cream <strong><em>(Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)</em></strong></li><li>Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with black forest ham and melted Gruyère cheese *†</li><li>Warm Cheese Strudel with mixed...</li></ul>
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Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Backstory and More Disney News
<p><strong>Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Tells a New Story<br></strong><br></p><p><em>Star Wars: </em>Galactic Starcruiser takes its maiden voyage on March 1 at Walt Disney World and more details have been revealed about how this new immersive experience will interact with other <em>Star Wars </em>experiences in<em> </em>Galaxy’s Edge.</p><p><br>The Starcruiser Halcyon -- now fully restored to its former glory -- will follow its maiden voyage to the first port it ever visited, which was Batuu. In the Star Wars timeline, your voyage on the Galactic Starcruiser takes place between the events of Star Wars Last Jedi and Star Wars Rise of Skywalker. Do you join the First Order? the Resistance? Are you a scoundrel? You get to pick your experience to some degree. Plus, you'll see Rey and Kylo Ren meet up in a period between those two films. What will happen in that encounter and how will affect the Star Wars universe? On top of it all, there's a Halcyon Legacy comic bool series if you want to learn more about the ship in this time period.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>The Transformation of Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park Begins Soon</strong></p><p><br>Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland Park will soon begin its transformation into a whole new world of sights, sounds, and sensations including some all-new experiences, more play and interactivity for guests. The focus will remain on families and young children, but it's something that any Disney fan will love. </p><p><br>Mickey’s Toontown will be closed as of March 9, 2022, and will reopen in early 2023, along with the new attraction, Mickey &amp; Minnie’s Runaway Railway. </p><p>So if you want to experience the current iteration, do it by March 8</p><p>When Mickey’s Toontown reopens in 2023, it will still be home to Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Mickey’s House and Minnie’s House! And other attractions will be reimagined in new ways, including Gadget’s Go Coaster, Goofy’s House and Donald’s Boat.</p><p><strong>Disney Wish: The Full Slate of Entertainment<br></strong><br></p><p>Setting sail this July, here's an entertainment rundown for Disney Cruise Line's Newest ship.</p><p><strong>Inside Out: Joyful Sweets<br></strong>The shop will offer nearly 40 flavors of gelato and ice cream, with daily handcrafted gelato specials in combinations like peanut butter pretzel and white chocolate raspberry. Whipped cream, fruit compotes and sauces will be freshly made in-house to complement a wide selection of tasty toppings.</p><p>Signature treats inspired by the film will include colorful cupcakes that evoke the five emotions — Joy (lemon), Sadness (blueberry), Disgust (pistachio), Anger (red velvet) and Fear (bubble gum) — and chocolate Memory Orbs filled with sweet candy remembrances. Specialty macarons and cake pops will join the assortment of handcrafted truffles, designer cookies, indulgent brownies and vibrant candy offerings. </p><p><strong><br>Olaf’s Royal Picnic<br></strong>Here you can join your favorite “Frozen” friends for a summertime picnic in Arendelle during a premium entertainment experience specially designed for families with children ages 3 to 12. At Olaf’s Royal Picnic, guests will interact with Olaf, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff like never before and delight in live musical performances of beloved songs like “Let It Go,” “Fixer Upper” and “In Summer.”</p><p>Under the expert direction of Baroness Dagmar Birgir — a lively lady-in-waiting to Queen Anna — castle staff will serve up summer treats and picnic fare for the whole family to enjoy. The hall will be decked out in summer style with a canopy flowers and festive decor. Children will receive an assortment of gifts and keepsakes, including a reversible troll plush, themed picnic blanket and custom Nordic-style mandolin, which they’ll need for a special “Reindeer Are Better Than People” strum-and-sing-along with Kristoff. Plus Disney promises more surprises.</p><p>Once you book your Disney Wish cruise be sure to reserve Olaf's Royal Picnic before sailing. There is an added fee. </p><p><strong><br>Immersive Storytelling and Interactive Shows</strong></p><p><strong><br>Grand Hall<br></strong>The fairytale castle-inspired Grand Hall will evolve from a gathering space into an enchanting theater through the magic of built-in special effects and the first-ever atrium stage on a Disney ship.</p><ul><li>A royal greeting will await you as you enter the glittering Grand Hall for the first time. Every child will receive their very own wishing wand upon embarkation, which they will use to make the “First Wish” of their vacation during a special boarding celebration.</li><li>During the sailing, you can attend a royal gathering as Disney Princesses descend into the Grand Hall to meet and greet guests.</li><li>The Grand Hall stage will conceal a host of Disney friends during “Who’s Behind the Curtain?”, a playful game show where you'll answer questions to reveal the identity of hidden characters.</li><li>On the final night of every sailing, you'll will return to the Grand Hall to raise wands with Fairy Godmother to ignite a farewell show featuring favorite characters, special effects and lively performances.</li></ul><p><strong>Luna<br></strong>This brand-new entertainment hub — with a two-story LED screen wall, stage and bar — will offer a variety of live shows designed for families to laugh, sing and compete together.</p><ul><li>“Villains Game Night” is a witty game show where you'll attempt to answer Disney trivia questions amid the jeers and sneers of nefarious Disney foes, including Cruella de Vil, Gaston, Hades, Maleficent and more, who will join on screen.</li><li>“Disney Songbook” will put you in the spotlight as you belt out Disney songs and showcase your talent for a live camera crew, who will project each performance onto the big screen.</li><li>During the live grand finale event for Disney Uncharted Adventure, an all-new interactive experience that uses your mobile device to unlock hidden adventures aboard the ship, families will team up with other cruisers to battle an infamous Disney villain. </li></ul><p><strong>Hero Zone<br></strong>Hero Zone is a futuristic sports arena where physical activity will blend with imagination, offering highly produced show experiences in addition to free-play sports.</p><ul><li>Families will test their strength, speed and stamina during the Incredi-Games, a high-energy game show featuring an elaborate obstacle course of over-the-top physical challenges, each inspired by the dynamic characters of Pixar’s “The Incredibles.”</li><li>The guest-favorite Jack-Jack’s Incredible Diaper Dash will offer little ones the chance to compete for the coveted title of Diaper Dash Champion as they speed-crawl across a 20-foot track amid the cheers (and chuckles) of family, friends and adoring fans.</li></ul><p><strong>More Fun Throughout the Ship <br></strong>In true Disney Cruise fashion, the Disney Wish will offer tons of world-class entertainment bringing to life the characters at the heart of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and <em>Star Wars</em>. Families will</p><p>·       Embark on an adventure with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse aboard the first Disney attraction at sea; </p><p>·       revel in a royal celebration during a theatrical dining experience with “Frozen” friends; </p><p>·       team up with the Avengers on a Marvel cinematic dining adventure; </p><p>·       travel to a galaxy far, far away in a first-of-its-kind <em>Star Wars</em> experience on board a Disney ship; </p><p>·       delight in an original, Broadway-style theatrical production of “The Little Mermaid”; and more.</p><p><br>The Disney Wish will sail its maiden voyage on J...</p>
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How to Capture Your Moment in Every Park at Walt Disney World
<p><strong>Capture Your Moment is Coming Soon to all Walt Disney World Theme Parks</strong></p><p><br>Disney PhotoPass Service is introducing more fun new offerings with the expansion of the Capture Your Moment feature.<strong> <br></strong><br></p><p>Capture Your Moment is a 20-minute private photo session that was very popular at the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom, where it was first launched. Now Capture Your Moment is expanding to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.</p><p><br><strong>EPCOT – Starting February 24</strong> <br> Epcot joins the fun for whatever you're celebrating: a surprise proposal, first visit to Walt Disney World, a graduation, anniversary or a family portrait memory. Photos sessions take place in World Showcase and you can choose from one of the following pavilions for your shoot: Germany, Italy, The American Adventure, Japan or Morocco.</p><p><br><strong>Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Starting March 21</strong> <br> Photo shoots at Hollywood Studios offer some pretty unique options, including the <em>spooky ambiance of the </em>Hollywood Tower Hotel or a more playful setting with Gertie -- Echo Lake’s resident dinosaur. Other options include the Chinese Theatre’s façade area (Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway), or the colorful neon signs and art deco architecture of Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard if you want to capture that old time Hollywood retro vibe. </p><p>So how much does it cost? Capture Your Moment sessions are $79 and can include up to eight people in your party. Prints and digital downloads are not included, but, if you've purchased a Disney PhotoPass product (Memory Maker or Memory Maker One Day), or if you are a qualifying Walt Disney World Annual Passholder with a Disney PhotoPass download benefit, then you can download the photos at no extra cost.</p><p>Find all the details on <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/en_CA/events-tours/capture-your-moment/">Capture Your Moment at DisneyWorld.com</a></p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>The 2022 Disney California Adventure Food &amp; Wine Festival Starts March 4<br></strong><br></p><p>As we shared in past newscasts, Disneyland's Food and Wine Festival will take place at Disney California Adventure from March 4 through April 26, 2022.</p><p>If you're thinking of visiting during this time, here's what we know so far for Disney travelers.</p><p>Many of California’s communities and regions are highlighted in the Disney California Adventure Food &amp; Wine Festival’s smorgasbord of dishes. A dozen Festival Marketplaces will serve small bites and drinks, and dining locations across Disney California Adventure park – including Pym Tasting Lab and Terran Treats at Avengers Campus – will also feature special festival menu items. </p><p>As always, the Sip and Savor Pass will be available for purchase and will include eight coupons redeemable for select food and non-alcoholic beverages at participating locations.</p><p>The Hollywood Backlot in Hollywood Land will be home to an wide range entertainment and presentations for all ages. </p><p>The all-new animated series, “Alice’s Wonderland Bakery,” which recently debuted on Disney Junior, is the inspiration behind a new, limited-time festival experience for junior chefs at the Hollywood Backlot Stage. During “Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Unbirthday Party,” kids ages 3 through 11 will have the opportunity to express their creativity through hands-on cupcake decorating. Take note that space is limited, and participant sign-ups begin 45 minutes before each show time.</p><p>At the Hollywood Backlot, you may also find Chef Goofy or dance with Chip ‘n’ Dale as they provide the rhythm using pots and pans.</p><p>On Saturdays and Sundays there will be culinary demonstration at the Hollywood Backlot Stage. A diverse lineup of Disney and visiting chefs will prepare their favorite dishes and share insider tips for making mouth watering meals at home. So if you like to try out Disney recipes, this is a must-do.</p><p>Signature events will be offered for an additional fee, including Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions and special wine, beer and mixology seminars at Sonoma Terrace. </p><p>Learn more at <a href="https://Disneyland.com/FoodandWine">Disneyland.com/FoodandWine</a></p><p>Of course, watch for Disney California Adventure Food &amp; Wine Festival merchandise.</p><p>Downtown Disney District and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will also take part with select restaurants offering special menu items and events for a limited time.</p><p>And to top it all off, Soarin’ Over California will return to Disney California Adventure park for a limited time during the Disney California Adventure Food &amp; Wine Festival. That starts on March 4.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Disney Trams are Coming Back<br></strong><br></p><p>And if you have hated having to walk to park gates from your car, you'll be happy to know that trams are making their way back to Disney parking lots.</p><p> <br>--</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Disney Travel News Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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Disney Parks Valentine's and Mardi Gras Celebrations
<p><strong>Five Ways to Get in the Spirit of Mardi Gras at Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts</strong></p><p>Mardi Gras kicking off on March 1 and Disney's Port Orleans Resorts are ready to celebrate with five ways:</p><p><br></p><p><strong><em>1. Listen to jazz music at Scat Cat’s Club – Lounge</em></strong></p><p>New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. Watch for groups of live musicians entertaining guests at the Scat Cat’s Club – Lounge every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. Plus, you can enjoy delicious food and drinks – like the brand-new Bebop Bloody Mary and the Oyster Beignet Po Boy!</p><p><br><strong><em>2. Eat beignets at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter<br></em></strong>Beignets have played a part in Mardi Gras celebrations for centuries. You can find the Walt Disney World version of these delicious doughnuts at Scat Cat’s Club – Cafe.</p><p><strong><em>3. Create your own Mardi Gras bicycle parade</em></strong><strong><br></strong>Gather your group to create your own parade by renting bikes at both of Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts. Be sure to wear purple, green and gold to really get in the spirit!</p><p><strong><em>4. Sample savory southern cooking at Boatwright’s Dining Hall</em></strong><strong><br></strong>Looking for the Louisiana bayou dining experience? Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside offers everything from Mardi Gras Fritters to their famous Boatwright’s Jambalaya.</p><p><strong><em>5. Enjoy the scenery along the Sassagoula River</em></strong><strong><br></strong>Both of Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts are located along the scenic Sassagoula River. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride along the river bank, with views of magnolias, picturesque Spanish moss, natural wildlife and more. Or, you can also enjoy a boat ride down the Sassagoula River on your way to Disney Springs.</p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Disney Cruise Line Guests Recently Recovered from COVID-19 May Qualify to Be Considered as "90-Day-Recovered"</strong></p><p><br>Disney Cruise Line updated their policies for Guests who have recently recovered from COVID-19.</p><p><br>In some cases, people who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may still test positive for the virus. If you have tested positive for Covid within 11-90 days of your sail date, you may qualify to be considered as “90-Day-Recovered.” With the appropriate documentation and subsequent approval, you would not be required to participate in COVID-19 testing during the Pre-Sail, Embarkation or Disembarkation phases of their voyage. </p><p><br>--</p><p><strong>Disney Wish Inaugural sailing delayed until Mid-July</strong></p><p><br>This week Disney announced that the shipyard has notified Disney Cruise Line that they need more time to finish the ship due to the pandemic and specifically the Omicron variant hitting Germany at a critical point in the process.</p><p><br>Disney Cruise Line has delayed the maiden voyage by a few weeks, which will affect sailings through mid-July. Disney Cruise Line will be sending an email to guests on these sailings to share this news and inform them of options.</p><p> <br>--</p><p> <br><strong>Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests Can Step Into Fun New Fitness Classes at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel &amp; Spa</strong></p><p><br>There's a new way to burn a few calories on your Disneyland vacation. Tenaya Stone Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel &amp; Spa is launching new fitness activities for guests staying at any Disneyland Resort hotels.</p><p><br>Many of the fitness classes take place in one-of-a-kind settings that can’t be found anywhere else, such as inside Disney California Adventure Park before it opens for guests -- a very unique Disney experience.</p><p><br>Take a yoga class with scenic views of Disney California Adventure, or relax during guided meditation, focus on stretching, get in gear at a boot camp in the park, test yourself on an obstacle challenge at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, or find yourself on a paddleboard in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel's Fountain Pool!</p><p><br>There are more than a dozen fitness classes, 30 to 45 minutes in length, offered through Tenaya Stone Spa and the fitness center at Disney’s Grand California Hotel, and they're tailored to a many skill levels:</p><p><br></p><ul><li><strong>Aqua Yoga</strong>: Practice yoga on a paddleboard while floating in the Fountain Pool. </li><li><strong>Awakening Yoga: </strong>Wake up with Disney by enjoying a yoga session overlooking Disney California Adventure from the hotel’s rooftop deck. Designed for all levels.</li><li><strong>Boot Camp in Disney California Adventure Park: </strong>This high-intensity boot camp will have you on the move traveling from land to land before the park opens, with push-ups, squats and sit-ups, at a pace of 12-minute per mile jogging around the park. This class takes place before the park opens.</li><li><strong>Disney Ears Yoga</strong>: Disney ears and a yoga session. This will be popular.</li><li><strong>Fascia Release: </strong>This class incorporates a fascia roller to help relieve muscle tightness and soreness.</li><li><strong>Obstacle Challenge in Disney California Adventure Park: </strong>At the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail attraction, can conquer obstacles like crawling, jumping, climbing and running, and test your balance and strength. This class takes place before the park opens.</li><li><strong>Power Walking Workout in Disney California Adventure Park: </strong>Start the day with an energetic walk and active stretching throughout Disney California Adventure before the park opens. This class maintains a 15- to 18-minute per mile pace, for up to 2 miles.</li><li><strong>Sound Meditation: </strong>This guided meditation is designed to quiet your mind and bring you to a deep state of self-reflection.</li><li><strong>Start With a Stretch: </strong>Get ready for an exciting day visiting the parks! Instructors will guide you through gentle stretches to help warm-up their muscles. This class takes place before the park opens.<strong> </strong></li></ul><p>Group fitness classes are offered to overnight Disneyland Resort Hotel guests for an additional fee. Class reservations are required and can be made online, by phone or by visiting the spa directly.</p><p>Be sure to check online or contact the spa for complete details.</p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>Foodie Guide to Valentine’s Day 2022: Delights From Disney Parks at Disneyland and Walt Disney World<br></strong><br></p><p>As February 14 approaches, there is no shortage of fun foodie fare to enjoy for an extra touch of love at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.</p><p><strong>Walt Disney World Resort <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>EPCOT <br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Coral Reef Restaurant </strong><strong><em>(available Feb.14)</em></strong></p><ul><li>Flourless Chocolate Cake: Flourless chocolate cake and dark chocolate crémeux with fresh berries, raspberry whipped cream, and raspberry méringue <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Le Cellier Steakhouse </strong><strong><em>(available Feb.14)</em></strong></p><ul><li>Flourless Chocolate Cake for Two: Flourless chocolate cake and dark chocolate crémeux with fresh berries, raspberry whipped cream, and raspberry méringue <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Disney’s Hollywood Studios</strong></p><p><br><strong>ABC Commissary </strong><strong><em>(available Feb.11 through Feb. 14)</em></strong></p><ul><li>Engagement Ring Cake: Chocolate cake filled with raspberry sauce atop a shortbread cookie complete with a white chocolate engagement ring <strong><em>(Plant-based) (New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>The Hollywood Brown Derby</strong><strong><em> (available Feb.1...</em></strong></p>
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More Characters, Parades and Shows are Back at Disney World
<p><strong>More entertainment coming to Magic Kingdom Park for the 50th Anniversary Celebration</strong></p><p><br>On February 11 the new “Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade!” kicks off with nearly 30 Disney and Pixar characters, including Nick and Judy from “Zootopia,” Baloo and King Louie from “The Jungle Book,” José Carioca and Panchito from “The Three Caballeros,” plus Merida, Moana, The Incredibles, and more. It will also include the Magic Kingdom debut of Miguel from “Coco.” </p><p><br>The fan favorite “Festival of Fantasy” parade returns to Magic Kingdom Park starting March 9 – the anniversary of the debut of the parade in 2014. It will have two shows daily.</p><p><br>“Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire” will make its debut on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage February 25. The show has been updated for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary and will incorporate favorite scenes from “Frozen,” “Tangled,” and “The Princess and the Frog” – plus a new opening and a new finale with Mickey Mouse and all his friends in their sparkling, EARidescent fashions. It will happen multiple times a day and will include a new original song entitled “Where the Magic Feels Like Home.”</p><p><br>“Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” and “Fantasmic!” will return later this year.</p><p><br><strong>Character Sightings added to Disney Genie+</strong></p><p><br>You will now find select Character Sightings as new selections for Lightning Lane entry with the purchase of Disney Genie+:</p><ul><li>See Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park</li><li>See Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park</li><li>See Mickey at Town Square Theater at Magic Kingdom Park </li><li>See Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight at Disney’s Hollywood Studios</li></ul><p><strong>Disney Cruise Line Introduces Pixar Day at Sea on Select Disney Fantasy Sailings in 2023</strong></p><p><br>Disney Cruise Line has an all-new Pixar Day at Sea on special sailings of the Disney Fantasy in early 2023.</p><p><br>The day-long celebration features one-of-a-kind experiences on select seven-night voyages. It will bring to life Pixar tales from “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo” and more. Themed dining, character encounters, dance parties and a stage show await families on this fun-filled day at sea that caps off with a deck party of incredible proportions.</p><p><br>A Pixar film festival, exclusive merchandise and photo opportunities will also be available as part of the new celebration. Other details and highlights include: </p><p><br><strong><em>Character Encounters</em></strong></p><ul><li>From morning until night, you can dance, play and interact with your favorite Pixar pals, including Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Bo Peep from “Toy Story”; Mike, Sulley and Boo from “Monsters, Inc.”; Joy and Sadness from “Inside Out”; Dug and Russell from “Up”; and everyone’s favorite supers – Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone from “The Incredibles.”</li></ul><p><strong><em>Immersive Entertainment</em></strong></p><ul><li>A new nighttime show will call on Disney Cruise Line Guests to help the Incredibles save the day.</li><li>A first-of-its-kind theatrical experience will bring to life the beloved story of Miguel and his family from “Coco” through live music and puppetry.</li><li>Families will be able to join their favorite characters for a dance party bash. </li></ul><p><strong><em>Dining Filled with Character</em></strong></p><ul><li>A new, interactive character dining experience hosted by Sheriff Woody, Jesse and Bullseye will kick-off the day with sing-a-longs, cowboy serenades and all the country breakfast fixins.</li><li>A Pixar-themed dinner will have dishes inspired by the Pixar Animation Studios’ California locale.</li><li>Immerse yourself in undersea magic while dining in Animator’s Palate with visits from some of your favorite “Finding Nemo” friends, including interactive conversations with Crush.</li></ul><p>Pixar Day at Sea will happen on nine select Disney Fantasy cruises from January through March 2023. </p><p><br><strong>EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival Will Showcase Blooms, Tunes, Scents and Flavors Beginning March 2</strong></p><p><br>Are you ready for spring? The horticulture and festival teams at Walt Disney World Resort are hard at work preparing for the 2022 EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival.<strong> </strong> </p><p>This year’s festival runs March 2 to July 4 – a total of 125 days.</p><p><br>Disney Character topiaries offer a perfect backdrop for springtime photos with family and friends. A new main entrance display will feature Goofy with a birthday cake celebrating the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary.</p><p><br>Horticulture teams are creating new topiaries of the Seven Dwarfs to accompany Snow White near the Germany pavilion in World Showcase. And returning this year are Lumiere and Cogsworth topiaries in the France pavilion as well as Pumbaa and Timon topiaries near Imagination!</p><p>On the bridge to World Showcase, you can enjoy the sights and scents of spring at a new fragrant garden presented by Scentsy. Surrounded by butterfly topiaries, you can follow your noses to six scent stations—floral, fruity, citrus, spice, woods and fresh—to form lasting memories of unforgettable aromas.</p><p><br>The Health Full Trail presented by AdventHealth offers a fun way for families to play and learn how to stay healthy, and Outdoor Escapes Presented by OFF!® Repellents lets Guests enjoy a moment of relaxation, while learning how easy it is to create an outdoor escape of their own. Bambi’s Butterfly House enchants you with a kaleidoscope of butterflies showing off their extraordinary beauty and colors.</p><p>Plus there's the Garden Rocks Concert Series, 18 Outdoor Kitchens and much more.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Aulani Resort Guests Urged to Stay Updated on Hawaii’s Travel Requirements</strong></p><p><br>The Government of Hawaii is considering changes to Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program. Specifically, travelers planning to use their vaccine status to receive an exemption to the State of Hawaii’s mandatory quarantine may be required to be up to date on their COVID-19 booster shots. Please continue to stay updated on the latest travel requirements by visiting the <a href="https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/">State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels website</a>.</p><p>As a reminder, the <a href="https://www.oneoahu.org/safe-access-oahu">City &amp; County of Honolulu</a> also requires that all Guests ages 12 and older dining on property provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours. Please stay up to date on any changes to our offerings on the <a href="https://www.disneytravelagents.ca/content/sites++aulani++kbyg++dta_kbyg">Know Before You Go</a> page at <a href="https://www.disneytravelagents.ca/content/sites++aulani++kbyg++dta_kbyg">DisneyTravelAgents.com</a>.</p><p><br><strong>New Post-Cruise COVID-19 Testing Service for Guests Returning Home and New Testing Site in New Orleans</strong></p><p>Many Disney Cruise Line Guests are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test result before returning home by air. Disney Cruise Line has announced that Inspire Diagnostics, Disney Cruise Line’s third-party testing provider offers a testing service for $98.33 USD per person for PCR testing, and $41.40 USD per person for antigen testing.</p><p>You are responsible for knowing which type of test you need and the window of time in which it must be conducted. Testing is conducted at the terminal after you disembark the ship. Results take approximately 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the type of test.</p><p>For more information or to boo...</p>
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Disneyland Lunar New Year Celebrations, Super Bowl Party and More
<p><strong><em>And Disneyland is Hosting a Super Bowl Party as Well!</em></strong></p><p><strong>Lunar New Year Celebration is Back at Disney California Adventure Park, Now Through Feb. 13, 2022<br></strong><br></p><p>Ring in the Year of the Tiger during the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure Park.</p><p>This event runs through February 13, 2022. It's a tribute to Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultures with a touch of Disney magic, featuring Asian-inspired food and drinks, vibrant décor, keepsake merchandise and exciting entertainment!</p><p>This year, “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” introduces a new float that Mulan and Mushu arrive upon, accompanied by traditional Chinese drummers with powerful rhythms and performers bringing cultural artistry and dance to life. </p><p>The Paradise Garden Bandstand has daily live performances featuring traditional musical instruments, along with Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese folk dancers. </p><p>Keep an eye out for Disney characters at the Paradise Gardens Gazebo, where you may see Tigger, Mulan and Mushu, Mickey and Minnie, and the Three Little Pigs – all dressed in their festive best.</p><p>Raya, from Disney's “Raya and the Last Dragon,” is making her official debut at the Disneyland during the Lunar New Year celebration. Raya is greeting new friends under a forest canopy deep in the heart of Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.</p><p> </p><p>You can also stroll beneath strings of ornamental lanterns at the Lucky Wishes Wall to share your own wishes of hope, health and happiness for the Year of the Tiger. Plus, enjoy complimentary arts and crafts, such as coloring a “Dragon’s Pearl” and Chinese calligraphy with local artisans.</p><p>Of course, special Lunar New Year merch is available while supplies last, including an adorable Mickey Mouse plush, Spirit Jersey, tees and tumbler.</p><p>And to go along with that, festive Lunar New Year Marketplaces offer a wide array of Asian-inspired dishes with a Disney twist.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Here's the Foodie Guide to Lunar New Year 2022 at Disneyland<br></strong><br></p><p>If you want to dine, then you may want to consider buying a <strong>Sip and Savor</strong><a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disney-california-adventure/lunar-new-year-food-marketplaces/?CMP=ILC-DPFY22Q1wo0113210023A"> </a><strong>Pass</strong>, which gives you six coupons, redeemable for select food and non-alcoholic drinks at participating Lunar New Year Marketplace kiosks and dining locations.</p><p><strong><em>Longevity Noodle Co.</em></strong><em> (available Jan. 21 through Feb. 13; Sip and Savor Pass available)</em></p><p><br>Food Items:</p><ul><li>Garlic Noodles: Long noodles tossed in a zesty garlic butter with Parmesan cheese</li><li>*Spicy Pork Dandan Noodles: Pan-fried noodles with ground pork and spicy tri-chile sauce</li></ul><p>Beverages:</p><ul><li>Salted Pistachio Cold Brew featuring Joffrey’s Coffee &amp; Tea Co. French Bistro Blend Coffee</li><li>Pale Ale with mandarin and bergamot zest</li><li>Novelty: Lotus Flower Glow Cube <em>(Sip and Savor Pass not accepted)</em></li></ul><p><br></p><p><strong><em>Lucky 8 Lantern </em></strong><em>(available Jan. 21 through Feb. 13; Sip and Savor Pass available)</em></p><p><br>Food Items:</p><ul><li>Shrimp Fried Rice with garlic bacon edamame</li><li>*Beef Bulgogi Short Rib on rice with green onion salad</li></ul><p>Beverages:</p><ul><li>Peach Yuja-Ade: Peach syrup, yuja, dragonfruit, lemon, and butterfly pea flower tea</li><li>Soju Peach Yuja-Ade: Soju, peach syrup, yuja, dragonfruit, lemon, and butterfly pea flower tea</li><li>Lager</li><li>Novelty: Lotus Flower Glow Cube <em>(Sip and Savor Pass not accepted)</em></li></ul><p><strong><em>Prosperity Bao &amp; Buns </em></strong><em>(available Jan. 21 through Feb. 13; Sip and Savor Pass available)</em></p><p><br>Food Items:</p><ul><li>*Char Siu BBQ Pork Bao: Pickled red onions and jalapeño</li><li>Mickey Chinese Hot Dog Bun: Brioche-style Mickey-shaped buns stuffed with hot dog and finished with sesame seeds and scallions</li></ul><p>Beverages:</p><ul><li>Prosperous Tiger: Vodka, cream of coconut, bitters, triple sec, mandarin purée, vanilla bean</li><li>Lychee Celebration: Gin, prosecco, lychee purée, lychee syrup, grapefruit juice, and yuja</li><li>Bamboo Lager</li><li>Novelty: Lotus Flower Glow Cube <em>(Sip and Savor Pass not accepted)</em></li></ul><p><strong><em>Red Dragon Spice Traders </em></strong><em>(available Jan. 21 through Feb. 13; Sip and Savor Pass available)</em></p><p><br>Food Items: </p><ul><li>*Spicy Three-Cup Chicken served on a bed of jasmine rice</li><li>Impossible™ Lion’s Head Meatballs: Mini plant-based pork meatballs served with cabbage and Shaoxing wine reduction</li><li>Mickey Purple Sweet Potato Macaron: Red macaron filled with purple sweet potato buttercream and crème fraîche center</li></ul><p>Beverages:</p><ul><li>Dancing Firecracker: Pineapple juice, guava purée, spicy honey syrup, hibiscus syrup, and lime juice</li><li>Jasmine Tea Lager</li><li>Novelty: Lotus Flower Glow Cube <em>(Sip and Savor Pass not accepted)</em></li></ul><p><strong><em>Seasonal Cart </em></strong><em>(available Jan. 21 through Feb. 13; Sip and Savor Pass available)</em></p><p><br>Food Items:</p><ul><li>Mango-Pineapple Pie</li></ul><p>Beverages:</p><ul><li>Mulan Sipper with assorted Coca-Cola bottled beverage or DASANI bottled water</li></ul><p><strong><em>Seasonal Cart in Redwood Creek Challenge Trail </em></strong><em>(available Jan. 21 through Feb. 13)</em></p><p><br>Food Item:</p><ul><li>Brown Sugar Steam Bun: Brown sugar steam bun topped with blue cream cheese icing <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p>Beverages:</p><ul><li>White Hot Chocolate: Blue white chocolate topped with toasted marshmallow whipped cream and purple sugar (non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Warm Apple Cider Cocktail: Hot apple cider, spices, and cinnamon whiskey garnished with a cinnamon stick and a caramel rim <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong><em>Studio Catering Truck </em></strong><em>(available Jan. 10 through Mar. 01)</em></p><p><br>Food Item:</p><ul><li>Hoisin Pork Sliders: Marinated pulled pork on Hawaiian rolls with apple slaw <strong>(</strong><strong><em>New)</em></strong><strong> </strong></li></ul><p>Beverages:</p><ul><li>Green Tea Slush: Almond milk, green tea, and vanilla (non-alcoholic) <strong>(</strong><strong><em>New)</em></strong></li><li>Lemongrass-Ginger Lemonade: Lemongrass, lemon juice, ginger, and mint (non-alcoholic) <strong>(</strong><strong><em>New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><br><strong><em>Lucky Fortune Cookery </em></strong><em>(available Jan. 21 through Feb. 13; mobile order and Sip and Savor Pass available)</em></p><p><br>Beverages:</p><ul><li>Hong Kong-style Milk Tea: Black tea sweetened with condensed milk served over ice (non-alcoholic)<strong> (</strong><strong><em>New)</em></strong></li><li>Mulan Sipper with choice of: Fountain beverage at time of purchase, Hong Kong-style milk tea, or Vietnamese iced coffee (non-alcoholic)</li><li>Novelty: Lotus Flower Glow Cube <em>(Sip and Savor Pass not accepted)</em></li></ul><p><br><strong><em>Cappuccino Cart </em></strong><em>(available Jan. 21 through Feb. 13; mobile order and Sip and Savor Pass available)</em> </p><p><br>Food Items: </p><ul><li>Baked Char Siu Bao: Chinese BBQ pork-filled baked bun <strong>(</strong><strong><em>New)</em></strong></li><li>Mango-Pineapple Pie: Mango and pineapple-filled pie <strong>(</strong><strong><em>New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><br><strong><em>Paradise Garden Grill </em></strong><em>(available Jan. 21 through Feb. 13; mobile order and Sip and Savor Pass a...</em></p>
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Walt Disney World Dining Continues to Get Better, Plus More News
<p><strong>The All-New Grand Floridian Spa Opens January 26 at Walt Disney World </strong></p><p><br>The Grand Floridian Spa has been refreshed while keeping in style with Victorian theme of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Inside the newly reimagined spa you'll find a tranquil Floridian garden with serene lighting and calming music. The ideal way to take a break and recharge from the high energy magic of the world outside the spa doors.</p><p><br>There is a wide range of treatments and massages from which to choose. For example, you can experience The Grand Massage or Massage for Two. Both incorporate botanical lotions and other elements to designed to release tension and fatigue and replenish the mind, body and spirit. Or, why not destress with Nature’s Renewal Hydrating Treatment, which combines a full body exfoliation with a hydrating botanical massage.</p><p><br>A full range of salon services are also available including haircuts, styling and The Grand Manicure and Pedicure Treatments. The Grand Floridian Spa’s nail treatments provide the ultimate pampering experience with exfoliation, mask, massage and choice of nail lacquer. Plus, you can visit the relaxation lounge before or after their treatments.</p><p><br>Advance reservations are recommended and can be made <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/spas/grand-floridian-resort-and-spa/the-grand-floridian-spa">online</a> for dates starting January 26, 2022.</p><p><br>--</p><p><br><strong>Garden Rocks Concert Series Returning to the EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival</strong></p><p><br>The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series returns to the EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival this March! New this year, top name artists will take the stage at the America Gardens Theater from Friday through Monday, while local Orlando bands and musicians will step into the spotlight Tuesday through Thursday.</p><p><br><strong><em>The Complete 2022 Garden Rocks! Concert Line-up At EPCOT</em></strong></p><ul><li>March 4-5 – The Guess Who</li><li>March 6-7 – Rick Springfield</li><li>March 11-12 – Melina Leon – NEW to Garden Rocks</li><li>March 18-19 – Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel – NEW</li><li>March 20-21 – Kool &amp; The Gang – NEW to Garden Rocks</li><li>March 25-28 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO</li><li>April 1-2 – The Spinners</li><li>April 3-4 – The Pointer Sisters</li><li>April 8-9 – Blue October – NEW to Garden Rocks</li><li>April 15-16 – Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston – NEW</li><li>April 17-18 – Don Felder, Formerly of The Eagles</li><li>April 22-23 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas</li><li>April 24-25 – Claudia Leitte – NEW</li><li>April 29-30 – Berlin</li><li>May 1-2 – TobyMac</li><li>May 6-7 – Blood, Sweat &amp; Tears</li><li>May 8-9 – The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks</li><li>May 13-14 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – NEW</li><li>May 20-21 – A Flock Of Seagulls</li><li>May 22-23 – Collin Raye – NEW</li><li>May 27-28 – Thelma Houston – NEW</li><li>May 29-30 – Little River Band</li><li>June 3-6 – Simple Plan</li><li>June 10-13 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone</li><li>June 17-20 – Plain White T’s</li></ul><p>You can reserve your spot at a show by booking a Garden Rocks Dining Package available Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Find out more by visiting <a href="https://freshepcot.com">FreshEPCOT.com</a>. </p><p>--</p><p><br><strong>More Walt Disney World Restaurant Reopenings are Coming Your Way!</strong></p><p><br>Here's the latest news of upcoming reopenings and updates at Walt Disney World restaurants. </p><p><br><strong>January 27</strong>: The chefs from <strong>Flying Fish</strong> at Disney’s BoardWalk will welcome back guests with their signature seafood dishes. Of course, they also have steak offerings.</p><p><br>Favorite entrées include The <strong>Seafood Pearl Pasta</strong> which includes shrimp, lobster, scallops, clams, and mussels. Or, seafood lovers may prefer the <strong>Plancha-seared Scallops</strong> accompanied with savory grits, sweet corn, and Peppadew emulsion.</p><p><br>For dessert, Flying Fish has a few great offerings, including a chocolate-lover favorite: the <strong>Cocoa Breach </strong>accompanied with delicious vanilla custard.</p><p><br><strong>January 31</strong>: the <strong>Ale &amp; Compass Restaurant at Disney's Yacht Club Resort</strong> is back with some favorite breakfast options and new lunch offerings. Why not start with some <strong>Blueberry Bacon Pancakes</strong>.</p><p><strong>February 3</strong>: <strong>The Turf Club Bar and Grill</strong> at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort will once again be off to the races. It has a well-earned reputation for offering delicious American flavors in every dish. A classic appetizer here is the <strong>New York Cider-braised Mussels</strong> with garlic, chorizo, fennel, Fresno chili, and apple cider topped with a grilled baguette.</p><p><br>Good picks for a main course include the <strong>Grilled Pork Chop</strong> or <strong>Braised Lamb Tagliatelle</strong>. And for cheesecake fans, there's a great <strong>New York Cheesecake</strong> on the menu.</p><p><br><strong>February 15</strong>: <strong>Cape May Café </strong>offers a little New England vibe where you can again feast on an all-you-care-to-enjoy, buffet breakfast with tasty items like pull-a-part bread with vanilla sauce, beef hash, and an omelet station. And what breakfast is complete without Mickey and Minnie waffles? </p><p><br>The buffet continues at dinner with options like cornbread, seasonal harvest salad, seafood boil, and a daily carving station, just to name a few. You can also upgrade with snow crab legs or even a whole lobster, both purchased by the pound. </p><p><br><strong>February 17</strong>: <strong>Jiko – The Cooking Place </strong>reopens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge featuring the tastes and flavors of African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine. Worth a try is the <strong>Seafood Tagine</strong> featuring prawns scallops, squid, and Littleneck clams. If you like shellfish, this one's for you. For dessert, the <strong>Kilimanjaro </strong>dessert is back. It's a work of art that tastes great too. Decadent dark chocolate mousse, pistachio financier, pink peppercorn meringue, cacao nib crunch, and ras el hanout pineapples. Is your mouth watering yet?</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. 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It's a Food Showdown: Healthy vs Indulge at Walt Disney World
<p><strong>Disney Springs Health and Wellness Celebration in January</strong></p><p><br>Disney Springs is embracing 2022 with a focus on health and wellness, including complimentary group fitness classes  on select Wednesdays and Fridays in January. Each class will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will take place in Town Center near Ever After Jewelry Co. &amp; Accessories. </p><p>Wellness Wednesday Events Schedule:</p><ul><li><strong>January 12</strong> – Warrior One Yoga presented by lululemon  </li><li><strong>January 19</strong> – HIIT Workout Class presented by Under Armour</li><li><strong>January 26</strong> – Orlando Power Yoga presented by Fabletics</li></ul><p>Fitness Friday Events:</p><ul><li><strong>January 21</strong> – Warrior One Yoga presented by lululemon</li><li><strong>January 28 </strong>–  HIIT Workout Class presented by Under Armour</li></ul><p>Registration is required for all events and space is limited. To register, visit the <a href="https://www.disneysprings.com/disney-springs-celebrates-health-and-wellness/?CMP=ILC-DPFY22Q1wo1230210016A">Fitness and Wellness page</a> under the Experiences tab on <a href="https://www.disneysprings.com/?CMP=ILC-DPFY22Q1wo1230210015A">DisneySprings.com</a>. </p><p><strong>Eat Healthy at Disney Springs</strong></p><p><br>It’s also important to eat a well-balanced diet. Disney Springs has plenty of great food, and that includes healthier option menu items.</p><p><br><strong>Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC</strong> – Focus on diners with gluten, dairy, egg, and soy sensitivities, the health-minded, and those with allergies (especially kids) who can't find good food. Everything here is vegan, gluten-free and promises to be delicious.</p><p><br><strong>Frontera Cocina</strong> – The Taqueria Ensalada features Arcadian lettuce, poblano rajas, carrot, radish, avocado, tortilla strips, Cotija cheese and an avocado-lime vinaigrette-grilled chicken breast or the Mojo garlic grilled shrimp can also be added.</p><p><br><strong>Planet Hollywood</strong> – The Hollywood Bowl is a standout salad that features Romaine lettuce, house-roasted turkey breast, hard-boiled egg, avocado, Roma tomato, and cucumber. It comes with bacon, swiss cheese and croutons, but you can omit those if you’re aiming for a lower calorie meal. While the recommended dressing is Thousand Island, feel free to swap in a balsamic vinaigrette if desired.</p><p><br><strong>The Polite Pig</strong> – The Polite Caesar and Cobb Salads (without bacon) are satisfying bets, while the Chicken Salad Wrap is great for those who want a handheld option. There are even healthy choices for little ones including the Roast Smoked Turkey Breast and Grilled Skinless Chicken Breast.</p><p><br><strong>Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant</strong> – This Shepherd Went Vegan is a plant-based Shepherd’s Pie, and the Raglan Risotto is a vegetarian dish that spotlights wild mushrooms, glazed baby vegetables, tarragon and shaved parmesan. Raglan Road is also celebrated by those with gluten sensitivities as many of their popular menu items are gluten-free.</p><p><br><strong>Yesake</strong> – The Tofu Power Bowl is a hearty mix of organic tofu, avocado, spinach, carrot, cabbage, cucumber, tempura crunch and wasabi ponzu. Best of all? Guests can modify it to your liking.</p><p>These are just a few of the healthier items you can find at Disney Springs. But remember to ask your server for recommendations and d forget you can always ask for a dish to be modified. </p><p><br><strong>Foodie Guide 2022 Epcot International Festival of the Arts</strong></p><p><br>Running from January 14 through February 21, 2022  the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will showcase visual, culinary and performing arts from across the globe. </p><p><br>Here's the long awaited Foodie Guide to the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts!</p><p><br><strong><em>Pop Eats! (Near Port of Entry)</em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese</li><li>Tomato Soup with Bacon, Apple, and Brie Grilled Cheese <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Almond Frangipane Cake layered with raspberry jam and Belgian chocolate</li><li>Pop’t Art: Modern-designed sugar cookie with chocolate-hazelnut filling</li><li>Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket with Rainbow Popcorn <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Hazy IPA</li><li>Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary</li></ul><p><strong><em>The Deconstructed Dish (Near Port of Entry)</em></strong><strong><br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items: </strong></p><ul><li>Deconstructed BLT: Crispy pork belly, soft-poached egg, brioche, watercress espuma, tomato jam</li><li>Deconstructed French Onion Soup: Beef broth ravioli, Gruyère espuma, onion bread pudding, and onion textures <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Deconstructed Key Lime Pie: Flexible Key lime curd, “Key lime” mousse, graham cracker cake, and meringues <strong><em>(Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Green) (New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Deconstructed Apple Pie à la Mode: Apple-cinnamon gelato, cinnamon apple cider, apple pie filling, and streusel (non-alcoholic) <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Brown Ale</li></ul><p><strong><em>Deco Delights (Near Port of Entry) </em></strong><strong><br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Dulce Chocolate Mousse with chocolate crémeux and dark chocolate truffle <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Decadent Valrhona Chocolate with dark chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie, and cassis mousse <strong><em>(New) </em></strong></li><li>Orange Mousse with lemon cake and raspberry meringues <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Strawberry Blonde Nitro</li><li>Vanilla Porter</li><li>Milk Stout</li><li>Neapolitan Beer Flight</li></ul><p><strong><em>The Craftsman’s Courtyard (near Disney Traders) (New)<br></em></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Cast Iron-roasted P.E.I. Mussels with Sautéed Tomatoes, Garlic, and Fresh Herbs <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Cast Iron-seared Steelhead Trout with parsley salad, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, capers, and lemon aïoli <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Wheat Beer</li><li>Chardonnay</li><li>Rosé</li><li>Cabernet Sauvignon</li><li>Wine Flight</li></ul><p><strong><em>Refreshment Outpost</em></strong><strong><br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Plant-based Bratwurst with spicy turmeric aïoli, coffee barbecue jackfruit, and slaw <strong><em>(Plant-based)</em></strong></li><li>Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Blue Raspberry Blonde Ale</li><li>Nairobi Coffee Dark Beer</li><li>Brown Ale</li></ul><p><strong><em>Pastoral Palate (Germany) </em></strong></p><p><br><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes, and aged balsamic</li><li>Wild Boar Cassoulet with duck confit, ham hock, and wild boar sausage <strong><em>(New)</em></strong></li><li>Opera Cake: Almond joconde, coffee buttercream, and chocolate ganache</li></ul><p><strong>Beverages:</strong></p><ul><li>Rosé Hard Cider</li><li>Rosé Blonde Ale</li><li>Frozen Rosé</li><li>A Play on Rosé Flight</li><li>Old Vine Rosé</li></ul><p><strong><em>The Artist’s Table (America)</em></strong><strong><br></strong><br></p><p><strong>Food Items:</strong></p><ul><li>Beef Wellington: Mushroom duxelle, prosciutto, and puff pastry with red wine demi-glace and baby vegetables</li><li>Pan-seared Scallops with vanilla-butternut squash purée, brown butter cauliflower puré...</li></ul>
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Disney's Typhoon Lagoon has Reopened (now for the bad news)
<p><strong>Disney's Typhoon Lagoon has Reopened, but it's not all good news<br></strong><br></p><p>The surf’s up once again at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, but that's only part of the story. The tropical-island-inspired water park reopened to guests on January 2, 2022. Unfortunately, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park closed to guests (temporarily at least) on New Year's Day, January 1, 2022. Disney giveth and Disney taketh away.</p><p>There's always a lot to do at Typhoon Lagoon, but with the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary underway, there are a few more things you should know.</p><p><br><strong>What's New and What's a Must-Do at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon in 2022</strong></p><p><br><strong>Create Your Own Custom Dole Whip </strong></p><p>The Snack Shack next to Typhoon Tilly’s allows you to sample items from a menu of all-new frozen dessert bar items. You can even mix and match some favorite Dole Whip flavors (including mango, pineapple, lime and raspberry) to build your own custom Disney Dole Whip. Adults can choose to electrify their Dole Whips by adding tequila, coconut rum or dark rum. Plus, there are new Moana-inspired Dole Whip cones as an option to make your Dole Whip into something a little different.</p><p><br><strong>An Old Favorite is Back: Surfing at Typhoon Lagoon</strong></p><p><br>You can learn to surf with professional instructors at the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, America’s largest outdoor wave pool. This is one of our all-time favorite things to do at Walt Disney World and it's a definite must do for anyone who wants to learn to surf and for experienced surfers alike (they will bring the big waves for you).</p><p><br><strong>Crush ‘n’ Gusher: The Disney Water Coaster at Typhoon Lagoon</strong></p><p>What do you get when you combine a water slide and roller coaster? A water coaster of course. There are three tropical fruit-themed chutes: Pineapple Plunger, Coconut Crusher or Banana Blaster.</p><p><br><strong>50th Anniversary-Inspired Menu Items</strong></p><p>From Walt’s Chili Nachos, which offer a special twist on one of Walt Disney’s favorite meals, to the EARidescent Ice Dream Cone, a birthday cake-flavored soft-serve spectacular, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is home to a variety of delicious anniversary-themed treats.</p><p><br><strong>Castaway Creek, The Typhoon Lagoon Lazy River</strong></p><p>If water slides aren't your thing or you just want a little time to slow things down, Castaway Creek offers a "peaceful drift" down a 2,000-foot lazy river, floating past shady grottoes, thundering waterfalls, overhead rope bridges and lush rainforest landscapes.</p><p><br><strong>Don’t ‘Miss’ Out on Miss Adventure Falls</strong></p><p>As the story goes, Miss Adventure Falls is owned by Captain Mary Oceaneer – a sea-faring treasure hunter whose haul got caught in the rogue typhoon. This thrilling family-friendly adventure is the newest attraction at Typhoon Lagoon and gives you the opportunity to hunt for Captain Mary’s scattered global treasures during their voyage.</p><p><br><strong>Relax in a Beachcomber Shack, a Private Cabana</strong></p><p>If you want to splurge for your own private space, you can relax in an piece of paradise by booking a Beachcomber Shack, a luxury cabana space featuring cushioned seating, secluded shade and exclusive menu.</p><p><br>Beachcomber Shacks include room for up to six guests, and they have amenities such as towels, cushioned chairs, refillable drink mugs, a locker, and a cooler stocked with ice and bottled water. They make an excellent home base for your stay and you get your own personal attendant.</p><p><br><strong>Hurry to Humunga Kowabunga</strong></p><p>It's not quite Summet Plummet, but thrill seekers will love the near-vertical drops at Humunga Kowabunga, a downhill flume slide that uses the steep slopes of Mount Mayday.</p><p><br><strong><em>In other Disney Travel News...</em></strong></p><p><strong>Explore Europe with 2022 Adventures By Disney Danube and Rhine River Cruises</strong></p><p>If you've ever dreamed of taking an Adventures by Disney river cruise to see the towns and landscapes of Europe, Disney has announced a special offer.</p><p>Adventures by Disney guests can save $500 per person on select 2022 Danube and Rhine River cruises. Departures must be booked before February 28, 2022 and your travel dates must be between June 26 and August 4, 2022. There is limited availability and the offer excludes category E staterooms and Suites.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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What's Replacing Disney's Magical Express? The Sunshine Flyer
<p><strong>The Sunshine Flyer is Ready to Replace Disney's Magical Express<br></strong><br></p><p>Ever since Disney announced it would be ending its popular Magical Express service in January 2022, Disney travelers have been wondering: So what now?</p><p>This week, Transportation Management Services (TMS) announced <strong>The Sunshine Flyer</strong> as a new service that would transport guests from MCO to Walt Disney World resort hotels. </p><p><br>The Sunshine Flyer offers a themed experience that is based on old-fashioned railway passenger cars and vintage stream train engines. </p><p><strong>A Design and Themed Experience that Walt Disney Would Love<br></strong><br></p><p>The service aims to take the stress of airport transportation for Disney guests in Orlando and help to kickstart the magic of a family vacation from the moment they board the bus at the airport. Some key facts about The Sunshine Flyer:</p><ul><li>The exteriors of the buses are designed to look like old-fashioned locomotives or passenger cars (and there are several different designs)</li><li>Staff will be dressed as 1920s rail conductors and engineers</li><li>The buses will have entertainment throughout the trip</li><li>Ticket pre-sales are now available and service begins on February 1, 2022</li></ul><p>There is also a charitable component to the launch of The Sunshine Flyer in honor of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary:</p><ul><li>For the first 50 days of service, 50% of Sunshine Flyer ticket sales will be donated to Make-A-Wish Central &amp; Northern Florida.</li><li>Make-A-Wish children and their families will receive complimentary service from the Sunshine Flyer for their Disney wishes indefinitely</li></ul><p>The Sunshine Flyer’s buses are late model, premium motorcoaches. From the classic railway-inspired bus designs to staff dressed as 1920s rail conductors and engineers, the motorcoaches effectively serve as time-machines, offering a glimpse into 1920s rail travel.</p><p>According to Frank Sherman, CEO of TMS: “Everyone knows the magic of Disney once they’re inside the park gates. But through The Sunshine Flyer, we’re able to give guests the chance to start their vacation from the minute they step off the plane and turn what used to be a procedural drive into the beginning of an adventure to remember.” </p><p><br>With 25 years of experience as a large events transportation company working with world-class events such as the FIFA World Cup, NBA Finals and various PGA TOUR Tournaments, TMS is primed to offer a streamlined and well-executed service through The Sunshine Flyer. </p><p><strong>What's inside The Sunshine Flyer buses?</strong></p><ul><li>There will be entertainment on the buses</li><li>Complete with a bathroom</li><li>You can attach your <strong>child car seat</strong> to the three-point harness on seats</li><li>For <strong>wheelchairs</strong> request an ADA bus when booking</li><li>USB chargers and </li><li>three-point seatbelts for the comfort and safety of all guests </li></ul><p>And yes, the buses will serve all Disney resort hotels </p><p><strong>How to Make a Reservation for The Sunshine Flyer<br></strong><br></p><p>You will <a href="https://sunshineflyer.com">book tickets online</a> and receive a QR code that you will scan once you arrive at Orlando International Airport. Presumably this will be around the luggage carousel area. The goal is to ensure smooth timing and departures to the Resorts. </p><p><br>No luggage handling option at launch, but they hope to add it at some future time. </p><p><br>Located in the Main Terminal Building of Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Terminal B, Level 1, in the Ground Transportation area</p><p> </p><p><strong>What You Want to Know</strong></p><p><strong>Will buses depart WDW four hours before flight?</strong> <br>Unclear. "Your bus is scheduled based on your specific flights. We monitor both inbound and outbound flights to make sure your trip is scheduled properly. We will email/text you a more exact departure window the day before your scheduled trips."</p><p> </p><p><strong>How long will it take to get to your hotel?</strong> <br>According to Sunshine Flyer: "We are using a dynamic routing software that customizes each day’s transfers based on specific riders. We can set the parameters to how long the ride is or how many stops the bus makes. 65 minutes is the longest anyone will be on a bus once it leaves to the final destination."</p><p><br>“By combining our storied expertise in mass transportation management with a creative, themed experience, we have the unique opportunity to offer an experience that’s both stress-free and engaging,” added Sherman. “Disney guests deserve a trip to remember, right from the start. Whether they’re young or old, travelling in a group or solo, we hope The Sunshine Flyer sparks the imagination and excitement of all of our guests from the moment they step on the bus.”</p><p><br>In celebration of Disney’s 50th anniversary, the Sunshine Flyer will donate 50% of all revenue from the first 50,000 passengers during the first 50 days of business to Make-A-Wish Central &amp; Northern Florida.<br> </p><p>As a part of the Sunshine Flyer’s commitment to giving back, all Make-A-Wish children and their families will receive complimentary service from the Sunshine Flyer for their Disney wishes indefinitely.</p><p><br>Tickets for The Sunshine Flyer must be booked at least four days ahead of arrival. Tickets are $17.00 per adult, $12.50 per child each way. For more information and to book tickets, visit <a href="https://sunshineflyer.com">www.sunshineflyer.com</a>.</p><p><br>Cancellations 72 hours in advance for full refund, credit if less than that.</p><p><br><strong>In other Disney travel news...</strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort Will Reopen at Walt Disney World Resort in 2022</strong></p><p>Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort will welcome Guests back starting March 31, 2022. Reservations are now open to book your stay.</p><p>With this announcement it means that, as of Spring 2022, all Walt Disney World Resort hotels will be operating by for the first time since Spring 2020.</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® Disney merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, leggings, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. You'll find everything from 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic Disney-inspired originals, including lots of great patterns for leggings and other items.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet"></a></p>
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Disney World Tours Are Back, Plus a Disney Holiday Bonus
<p><strong>Important Holiday Changes at Walt Disney World<br></strong><br></p><p>Walt Disney World has made some temporary adjustments "to help provide a great experience for our guests." From December 19 to January 3, 2022 Disney World resort guests will get Extra Park Time! The early theme park entry benefit for Disney Resort hotel Guests and Guests of other select hotels will be extended from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.</p><p><br>Plus, more attractions will be included in Disney Genie+ service and will not be included as an individual Lightning Lane entrance purchase option. Attractions that are now part of Lightning Lane include:</p><ul><li>Magic Kingdom Park: Space Mountain</li><li>EPCOT: Frozen Ever After</li><li>Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Mickey &amp; Minnie’s Runaway Railway</li><li>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park: Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain</li></ul><p><strong>From the Enchanting Extras Collection - Tours are Coming Back to Walt Disney World</strong></p><p><br><strong><em>Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom</em></strong><strong> </strong><br>This five-hour walking tour Explores the history of Magic Kingdom Park, including backstage access to the hidden “Utilidor” service tunnels. You'll also learn hidden secrets of classic attractions and lunch is included. You must be 16 or older for this tour.</p><p><br><strong><em>Caring for Giants</em></strong><strong> </strong><br>At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park this one-hour tour offers an unforgettable experience to meet some of the park's largest inhabitants. Your guide will provide insights into the inner workings of the African elephant herd including a look a the day-to-day care for these amazing animals. You'll see these gentle giants from a private, backstage viewing area and learn how Disney’s conservation efforts help to preserve wild elephant populations around the world. </p><p><br><strong><em>Wild Africa Trek</em></strong><br> One of our favorites, Wild Africa Trek combines action, adventure and education into a three-hour safari adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Cross a swinging rope bridge near crocodiles and view giraffes, rhinos, hippos and more on foot and in a safari vehicle. The guides are excellent and will share insights about all the animals you see plus details about the park. Recommended.</p><p> </p><p><strong><em>Up Close with Rhinos</em></strong></p><p>Want to get even closer to nature? This one-hour tour takes you backstage to the second largest land animal in ways few people can. You'll meet the white rhinos at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and get insights into their behavior and biology and more.</p><p><br><strong><em>Savor the Savanna</em></strong><br> This one's a little different. It explores the sights, sounds and tastes of Africa on Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park’s <em>Savor the Savanna</em> tour. Get samplings of African-inspired cuisine, paired with a selection of regional beer and wine offerings from a great spot overlooking the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Your private guide will share stories about the unique residents who inhabit the reserve and the special animal care provided at the park. </p><p>Advance bookings are highly recommended for all tours and valid theme park admission and reservations.</p><p>In addition, Disney has let it slip that the Starlight Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge may be next, so watch out for news on that one.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Disney Cruise Line Selects Port Everglades as Second Year-round Home Port in Florida</strong></p><p><br>The Broward County Commission and Disney Cruise Line announced a new agreement naming Port Everglades as Disney’s second year-round homeport in Florida. This is a 15-year partnership that provides for one ship to be homeported in Port Everglades year-round starting fall 2023, joined by a second, seasonal ship in 2025.</p><p><br>Adding Port Everglades as a second homeport gives Disney a dedicated terminal in a market with direct highway access and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Disney’s original homeport is Port Canaveral, located in Central Florida.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Epcot Flower and Garden Festival</strong></p><p><br>Spring is already in the air at <strong>Walt Disney World</strong> as the horticulture team is busy creating topiaries, hanging baskets, flower towers and more in preparation for the 2022 <em>EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival</em>. The 2022 edition will run March 2 through July 4. That’s 125 days of festival cuisine, gardens, topiaries and entertainment.</p><p><br>The 2022 edition will feature a new Goofy topiary and a 50th-themed birthday cake. Other favorite Disney Character topiaries will include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Germany pavilion or Lumiere and Cogsworth welcoming you to the expanded France pavilion.</p><p>As always, gardeners can enjoy thousands of blooms forming colorful, living panoramas all around and for foodies, fresh flavors are on the menu at the festival’s 18 Outdoor Kitchens plus other food and beverage locations around EPCOT.</p><p>The Garden Rocks Concert Series will return in 2022 at the America Gardens Theatre. This list of which musicians will be playing has yet to be released.</p><p><br>To visit the EPCOT International Flower &amp; Garden Festival you'll need valid admission and a park reservation for EPCOT on the same date. </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>New Shops and Photo Opps at Downtown Disney</strong></p><p><br><strong><em>Pelé Soccer</em></strong><em><br></em>Soccer fans will enjoy the stadium-themed store with a wide assortment of soccer gear from renowned global sports brands at this specialty shop named after Pelé, the legendary Brazilian superstar and one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Watch for official club and national team jerseys from around the world, sports apparel, cleats, balls and more for the whole family. Jerseys can be customized with a name and number.</p><p><br><strong><em>Post 21</em></strong><em><br></em>Located on the east end of the district, Post 21 is new kiosk from an inspiring mother-daughter team from Los Angeles who have curated modern unique merchandise from Black-owned businesses. </p><p><br><strong><em>Boba Fett’s Throne (photo opp)</em></strong><br> Take a photo sitting on a replica of the throne featured in the Disney+ Original Series, “The Book of Boba Fett.” For a limited time, located outside of the entrance at the <em>Star Wars </em>Trading Post, </p><p><br><strong><em>Lovepop (Coming Soon) </em></strong><br> Opening soon, Lovepop is the place to find eye-catching 3D pop-up cards, stationery and gifts. Lovepop has more than 400 designs so something for every occasion. And yes, Lovepop carries a collection of Disney cards and gifts.</p><p><br><strong>Bonus News!</strong></p><p>Disneyland is turning Mickey's ToonTown house into a private party location. This very unique and limited-time experience runs from January 19 through March 6 (before the land closes for refurbishment). Bookings can be made at <a href="https://disneyland.com/celebratemickeystoontown">disneyland.com/celebratemickeystoontown</a></p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>Sharing the podcast wi...</p>
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Guess What's Coming Back to Disney Parks in 2022?
<p><strong>Coming back to Disneyland in 2022: Sweethearts’ Nite, Villains Nite and </strong><strong><em>Star Wars </em></strong><strong>Nite <br></strong><br></p><p>Disneyland After Dark events take place after regular park hours with festivities, special nighttime entertainment, access to most attractions with reduced wait times (although this is not always a guarantee, as we have experienced long wait times during ticketed events). There are special things to do not typically available during regular park visits.</p><p>With each ticketed Disneyland After Dark event, you get up to four hours of fun after the parks close to regular visitors. Plus, you can arrive early for a three-hour pre-party mix-in at the same park before the event begins.</p><p><br>At each event, you also get unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the party, plus commemorative keepsakes including a souvenir credential and event guide map.</p><p><br>Here are the details for each of the upcoming themed nights:</p><p><br><strong>Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite</strong></p><p><em>February 1, 3, 8, 10 and 14, 2022, at Disneyland Park</em> (now on sale on <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/disneyland/after-dark-sweethearts-nite/">Disneyland.com</a>)</p><p><br>Sweethearts’ Nite at <strong>Disneyland Park</strong> on five separate nights in February. The final night is, not surprisingly, Valentine’s Day. Here’s what to expect:</p><ul><li>A special themed fireworks show</li><li>Projection effects on Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street, U.S.A.</li><li>A jazz ensemble aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat, plus other live entertainment, including a Royal Ball and a dance party with a DJ</li><li>Spot the most darling Disney couples, and take selfies with your favorites</li><li>Fun photo opportunities featuring romantic scenes from iconic Disney films</li><li>Lovely décor, along with food and beverage offerings around the park</li><li>Plus, early admission to Disneyland park starting at 5:00 p.m., no theme park reservation required</li></ul><p><strong>Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite</strong></p><p><em>March 8 and 10, 2022, at California Adventure</em> (on sale on <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/disney-california-adventure/after-dark-villains-nite/">Disneyland.com</a>, as of January 11, 2022)</p><p><br>At Villains Nite you get to party with some of Disney’s most infamous villains at <strong>Disney California Adventure Park</strong>. Tickets will go fast as it's just two nights in March. Here's what you get:</p><ul><li>The Cauldron is a cabaret show featuring a cast of villains showing off their talents through song and dance</li><li>Ursula’s Seaside Sing-a-long, where you can find your voice</li><li>The Underworld Dance Party, which allows you to bust a move at a DJ dance party in the Hollywood Backlot</li><li>Special photo backdrops, featuring scenes inspired by some favorite villains</li><li>Some of Disney’s infamous villains – or their sidekicks – at special locations in the park</li><li>Devilishly decadent food and drink offerings</li><li>Early admission to Disney California Adventure park beginning at 5 p.m., no theme park reservation required</li></ul><p><strong>Disneyland After Dark: </strong><strong><em>Star Wars</em></strong><strong> Nite</strong> </p><p><em>May 3, 4 and 27, 2022, at Disneyland Park </em>(on sale <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/disneyland/after-dark-star-wars-nite/">Disneyland.com</a>, beginning January 11, 2022)</p><p><br><em>Star Wars</em> Nite features galactic fun on three separate nights at <strong>Disneyland Park</strong> in May 2022. Highlights of <em>Star Wars</em> Nite include:</p><ul><li>A pyrotechnic show that will light up the night with a <em>Star Wars-</em>themed fireworks show</li><li>March of the First Order, featuring Captain Phasma and her elite unit of Stormtroopers</li><li>A Galactic dance party</li><li>Sightings of various <em>Star Wars</em> characters throughout the evening  </li><li><em>Star Wars</em>-themed attractions, usually with shorter wait times</li><li><em>Star Wars</em>-themed eats and treats, merchandise, photo opportunities, and more</li><li>Plus, early admission to Disneyland park starting at 6 p.m., no theme park reservation required</li></ul><p>If you bought a ticket for the 2020 Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite or <em>Star Wars</em> Nite, you can exchange you 2020 tickets to one of the nights of the new event of the same theme. You may need to pay a small price difference if the new show costs more. </p><p> <br><strong>Is It Possible to Visit Walt Disney World or Disneyland Without a Phone?<br></strong><br>We tackle this hot topic on this week's show and share our thoughts on why it's a good thing that you'll need a digital device to get the most out of your Disney Parks vacation.</p><p><strong>Even More Entertainment Returning to Disneyland in 2022</strong></p><p><br><strong>“Celebrate Gospel!”</strong></p><p>A celebration of the soulful spirit of Gospel music will return with “Celebrate Gospel!” on select days in February. The event moves to the Fantasyland Theater at Disneyland park.</p><p><br><strong>“Tale of the Lion King”</strong></p><p>Sometime in the spring, the Fantasyland Theater at Disneyland park will become home to “Tale of the Lion King.” It debuted in 2019 at Disney California Adventure park and then covid hit. The Storytellers of the Pride Lands are a troupe of traveling performers who present Simba’s journey in a unique story with live music and dance.</p><p><br><strong>“Main Street Electrical Parade”</strong></p><p>To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the “Main Street Electrical Parade” will make its big return to Disneyland park! </p><p><br><strong>“Fantasmic!”</strong></p><p>“Fantasmic!” is coming back too. It's nearly 30 years old at Disneyland park and it's Disney’s longest-running nighttime spectacular.</p><p><br><strong>“World of Color”</strong></p><p>World of Color is getting set to light up the night at Paradise Bay in Disney California Adventure park this spring.</p><p><br><strong>“Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular</strong></p><p>“Disneyland Forever” coming back with some surprising special effects. Main Street, U.S.A., and other spots in Disneyland park will become the canvas as a world of dreams takes over the park. From “Peter Pan” flying over the London skyline, to a dance with King Louie in “The Jungle Book” it's all back. Plus, two original songs, “Live the Magic” and the closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” both written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Festival of the Arts Update (Jan 14 - Feb 21, 2022)</strong></p><p> </p><p><a href="https://share.transistor.fm/s/ffd79023">Last episode</a> we talked about the Broadway performers...now it's food and art.</p><p>Art-inspired menus at 15 Food Studios throughout World Showcase. Deco Delights and The Craftman’s Courtyard will debut at the festival, featuring artfully presented cuisine and beverages as visually appealing as they are delicious. The complete foodie guide in early 2022.</p><p>Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – a food stroll with five sweet &amp; savory offerings. Once you buy (and get your passport stamped) for all five, you’ll get an Artist Palette Cookie as a bonus.</p><p>Visual art -- over 100 Disney and visiting artists will showcase their works throughout EPCOT. See artists at work from the Disney Artist Gallery and the WonderGround Gallery, plus see pieces from ACME Archives, Thomas Kinkade Studios, Wyland Galleries and POP Gallery.</p><p>Figment also lends an artistic touch to this year’s festival merchandise collection.</p><p>Chalk artists will create masterpieces at C...</p>
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WDW Restaurant Reopenings, Mobile Magic and More News
<p><strong>Two Walt Disney World Resort hotel restaurants are reopening, plus more treats to watch for...</strong></p><p><br><strong>Story Book Dining at Artist Point</strong>, themed after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will reopen Dec. 16 at<strong> Disney’s Wilderness Lodge</strong>. <br> As part of the new Character Dining experience, guests will see Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and The Queen stroll through the Enchanted Forest while enjoying a bountiful prix fixe dinner with the choice of individually plated entrées and shared starters and desserts. Start with a refreshing cocktail like the <strong>Enchanted Apple</strong> with a hint of sour apple. The <strong>Royal Prime Rib Roast</strong> and the vegetarian <strong>A Stroll Through Nature</strong> are both returning as well as the decadent <strong>“Poison” Apple</strong> dessert with dark chocolate-apple mousse. </p><p><strong>Boatwright’s Dining Hall</strong>, a hidden gem at <strong>Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside</strong>, will be serving its Southern specialties for dinner starting Dec. 14. </p><p>The flavors of the Louisiana bayou are featured with the all-you-care-to-enjoy <strong>Chef’s Platter</strong> featuring ribs, Nashville hot chicken, smoked sausage, and barbecued beef brisket with mashed potatoes, mac &amp; cheese, street corn, and green beans. <br> <strong>General Fulton’s Prime Rib</strong> and the <strong>Deep-South Shrimp and Grits, </strong>are back as well. Along with the signature <strong>Boatwright’s Jambalaya </strong>and the plant-based <strong>Boatwright’s Harvest Jambalaya</strong>. And for a Southern sweet dessert there's the <strong>Mississippi Mud Crème Brûlée</strong>, a decadent chocolate brûlée with a chocolate shortbread cookie.</p><p><br><strong>Beaches and Cream Soda Shop </strong>at <strong>Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts has </strong>the 50th <strong>Celebration Shake</strong>: a birthday-cake-flavored milkshake drizzled in gold glitter glaze topped with a slice of commemorative 50th celebration birthday cake.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Whispering Canyon Café </strong>at <strong>Disney’s Wilderness Lodge</strong> is the place to be if you want to start your breakfast off with a bang of sweet and spice. Try the <strong>“Dynamite“ Cinnamon Roll Sticks</strong> -- Each order has five fiery red sticks filled with cinnamon schmear sprinkled with crushed red-hot candies and a drizzle of cinnamon oil. And for the dynamite wick – bacon! These sharable sticks of cinnamon goodness are served with a warm candied nut glaze.</p><p> </p><p>The <strong>White Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Mousse</strong> with peppermint sauce and chocolate cookie crumbles will be offered at <strong>Satu’li Canteen </strong>at <strong>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park</strong> from Dec. 20-27. White chocolate, peppermint, and cream cheese mousse? </p><p><strong>La Crêperie de Paris </strong>is the newest addition to the <strong>France Pavilion at Epcot</strong>. It's now taking reservations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features savory galettes and sweet dessert crêpes, along with some of Brittany’s famous hard ciders.</p><p>Guests can order from the prix fixe menu with the choice of soup of the day or salade maison; choice of one galette with a glass of hard cider, soda, or juice; choice of one dessert crêpe.</p><p><br><strong>Festive Treats at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park<br></strong><br><strong>Magic Kingdom Park</strong> has two new offerings for The World’s Most Magical Celebration. <strong>Main Street Bakery</strong> has the <strong>Opening Day Celebration Cake</strong> that features milk chocolate mousse, raspberry center, and gluten-friendly chocolate cake topped with balloon sprinkles and a chocolate piece.</p><p><br>At <strong>Storybook Treats </strong>Grumpy gets his own <strong>Seven Dwarfs Specialty Cone</strong> – a cranberry vanilla soft-serve in a cone with a chocolate belt buckle and an adorable “Grumpy” chocolate face! It's a limited-time offer only available through Jan. 9.</p><p>Also at <strong>Magic Kingdom Park</strong> for a limited time is the <strong>Black Forest Cheesecake</strong> at <strong>Pinocchio Village Haus</strong>. This is a chocolate cheesecake topped with cherry compote, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a white chocolate coin inspired by the “it’s a small world” attraction.</p><p>Three refreshing holiday offerings are making a splash at <strong>Disney’s Water Parks</strong> from Dec. 12-Jan. 7. </p><ul><li>Orange Bird Holiday Citrus Swirl –DOLE Whip Orange and Lime swirl in a holiday waffle cone, and a white chocolate Orange Bird Santa (<em>available at Warming Hut) </em></li><li>Merry Merry Melon –Melon- and apple-flavored frozen rum cocktail with a red sugared rim topped with a cherry (<em>available at Frostbite Freddie’s) </em></li><li>Peppermint Milkshake –Peppermint-flavored milkshake with white chocolate whipped cream and holiday sprinkles (<em>available at Lottawatta Lodge</em>)</li></ul><p><br></p><p><strong>The best spots for special holiday snaps at Walt Disney World </strong></p><p><br>There are holiday-themed Magic Shots at all four parks and <strong>Disney Springs</strong> so be sure to ask the PhotoPass photographer which Magic Shots they can offer at their location. </p><p>At <strong>Magic Kingdom Park</strong> head to the photographer near the lawn in front of The Plaza Restaurant to enjoy our Super Zoom Magic Shot with a holly-jolly makeover.</p><p><br>At <strong>Disney Springs</strong>, the Disney PhotoPass Studio in the Marketplace is offering holiday themed virtual backdrops.</p><p>Also at <strong>Disney Springs</strong> you can get your photo with Santa at <strong>Once Upon a Toy</strong>. There is a Disney PhotoPass photographer so you don't have to do Santa selfies. There's a virtual queue available and masks are required for this indoor experience.</p><p><br>And if you want to add some extra holiday cheer to your photos, photographers at some locations have handheld props that you can use in your photos.   </p><p> </p><p><strong>Merchandise Mobile Check-Out<br></strong><br></p><p>Since last year, Disney has been testing a new mobile checkout option (through My Disney Experience or Disneyland app) at select merchandise shops throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. It's now being rolled out to more locations:</p><p>Walt Disney World </p><ul><li>World of Disney at Disney Springs</li><li>Creations Shop at EPCOT</li><li>Emporium at Magic Kingdom Park – New!</li><li>Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Coming soon!</li><li>Island Mercantile at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – Coming soon! </li></ul><p><em>Disneyland Park</em></p><ul><li>Disney Clothiers, Ltd., China Closet and Plaza Point</li><li>Emporium</li><li>Pioneer Mercantile and Bonanza Outfitters – New!</li><li>The Star Trader – New!</li></ul><p><em>Disney California Adventure Park</em></p><ul><li>Elias &amp; Co.</li><li>WEB Suppliers – New!</li><li>Knick's Knacks – New!</li></ul><p><em>Downtown Disney District</em></p><ul><li>World of Disney </li></ul><p>Guests should check the My Disney Experience or Disneyland app* during your visit for the latest location availability.</p><p><br>Here's how it works...</p><p>When you're ready to shop, open the My Disney Experience or Disneyland app and scan the barcodes on your items as they add them to your bag. Once you're done shopping, you can check-out on mobile and show your purchase QR code -- and the items you bought -- to a Cast Member at the designated exit, and you're done. </p><p><br>If you have an Annual Passholder, Magic Key or Disney Vacation Club discount make sure your pass or membership is linked to their Disney account, and the va...</p>
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The Most Magical Disney Holiday Experiences
<p><strong>Disney World Has Stopped Selling Annual Passes</strong></p><p>In an effort to manage attendance an create a better guest experience, as of November 22, Disney has suspended sales of all Walt Disney World annual passes, with the sole exception of the Disney Pixie Pass for Florida residents.</p><p>Never saw this before Park Pass reservations, not a good trend.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts</strong> celebrates the best in visual, culinary, and performing arts – runs January 14 – February 21, 2022.<br> </p><p>2022 will feature the DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series, with three performances each evening headlined by Broadway stars performing favorite songs from more than 25 years of award-winning DISNEY ON BROADWAY stage productions.</p><p>Here’s the full lineup of jaw-dropping talents performing at this year’s DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series:</p><ul><li>Arielle Jacobs (“Aladdin”) &amp; Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)</li><li>Kerry Butler (“Beauty and the Beast”) &amp; Telly Leung (“Aladdin”)</li><li>Heidi Blickenstaff (“Freaky Friday,” “The Little Mermaid”) &amp; Robert Creighton (“Frozen”)</li><li>Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) &amp; Dan DeLuca (“Newsies”)</li><li>Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) &amp; Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)</li><li>Kissy Simmons (“The Lion King”) &amp; Michael James Scott (“Aladdin”)</li><li>Feb. 21 – Special, extended finale performance featuring Brown, Strickland, Simmons &amp; Scott</li></ul><p>All shows are performed at America Gardens Theatre and are included with theme park admission. Look for more information soon about DISNEY ON BROADWAY Dining Packages. </p><p><br>Ahead of its refresh in 2022, <strong>Downtown Disney is sparkling for the holiday season</strong>.</p><p>From sweets, to sips and savory bites. Watch for:  </p><ul><li><strong>Marceline’s Confectionery – </strong>Mickey Peppermint Marshmallow, a Mickey Santa Cupcake, a Snowflake Caramel Apple and much more!</li><li><strong>Salt &amp; Straw – </strong>Savor a scoop or pint of festive new flavors that embrace warmth and spice, such as Peppermint Cocoa, Gingerbread Cookie Dough, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache and more</li><li><strong>Sprinkles – </strong>Get in the spirit with all three holiday cupcakes: Christmas Cookie, Gingerbread and Chocolate Peppermint.</li></ul><p>Enjoy evening entertainment from a capella carolers throughout the season featuring Holiday Harmony, The Moonrays and The Sugarplums who perform near the <strong>Downtown Disney District</strong> main stage, Fridays through Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 26, 2021, along with our main stage bands.</p><p>Now through December 14, 2021, join the Disney Ultimate Toy Drive supporting Toys for Tots and give back to those in need this holiday season. Donate a toy online at shopDisney.com, or donate a new, unwrapped toy in person at<strong> Downtown Disney District</strong>. Donation bins are located near World of Disney and <em>Star Wars</em> Trading Post. Disney’s tradition of supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots program dates back to Walt Disney, who personally supervised the creation of the Toys for Tots logo. Disney also was a founding sponsor of the program when it began in 1947. Today, the <strong>Disneyland</strong> Resort is proud to continue supporting this tradition.</p><p><br><strong>The Holidays at the Hotels of Disneyland Resort<br></strong><br></p><p>At <strong>Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel</strong>, the lobby shines with a holiday tree adorned with an under-the-sea theme with blue, green and silver decorations and a garland glistening with shells and starfish. </p><p><strong>Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel </strong>once again features its majestic, towering tree with ornaments inspired by the Arts &amp; Crafts movement of early California.</p><p>A highlight at <strong>Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel</strong> is the gingerbread replica of the hotel. Standing 7 feet tall and 12 feet wide, the structure is created from more than 600 pounds of gingerbread, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 250 pounds of fondant and 1 pound of pixie dust ­– plus 25 hidden Mickeys. Nearby, pick up sweet treats such as Mickey Christmas cookies from the lobby’s holiday cart.</p><p><strong>Santa Claus and Carolers</strong>: Santa will visit each <strong>Disneyland</strong> Resort hotel from Nov. 25 – Dec. 24, 2021, and hotel Guests are encouraged to share their wishes with St. Nick. Guests will also be delighted to hear the joyful sounds of handbell carolers at <strong>Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel</strong> &amp; Spa, Nov. 25, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022, and holiday carolers strolling the<strong> Disneyland Hotel</strong> and <strong>Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel</strong> Dec. 15 – 25, 2021.</p><p><strong>Spa La La La La: </strong>At the new Tenaya Stone Spa at <strong>Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel</strong>, Guests of any of the three <strong>Disneyland</strong> Resort Hotels may treat themselves to a holiday season spa treatment, November 26, 2021 – January 3, 2022. The Candy Cane Lane Foot Treatment uses a refreshing peppermint cocoa foot soak, scrub and a minty massage to soothe and invigorate feet and legs. The Underneath the Tree Signature Massage uses customized massage techniques combined with the scent of fir, California lemon, wild mint and a touch of eucalyptus for pure relaxation.</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Jamendo</em></p>
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D23 Event Highlights, DVC Disneyland, ToonTown and more
<p><strong>Some Big News from the Latest D23 Event and More Disney Travel News<br></strong> </p><p><strong>Mickey's ToonTown is Closing</strong></p><p><strong>Mickey's Toontown</strong> at Disneyland Parks is going to be reimagined with new experiences and more play areas for young families, including grassy lawns. It closes in March 2022 and will reopen in early 2023 alongside <strong>Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway</strong>.</p><p>One of the new areas coming to Mickey’s Toontown will be CenTOONial Park, the first space Guests will see when they enter. This natural space will be anchored by two interactive play experiences. At the center of CenTOONial Park will be a fountain, designed for play, which will also become a center icon for Mickey’s Toontown. As its base, water tables will invite Guests to play with the water and have a sensory experience. At night, the fountain will be brought to life in a unique spectacle.</p><p>A nearby dreaming tree will be inspired by the tree a young Walt Disney would daydream under in his hometown. Sculpted tree roots will provide an opportunity for children to play, crawl and explore, and undulating topography will offer rolling hills and a place to sit and dream.</p><p><br>Here's an update on the new <strong>DVC tower at Disneyland Hotel</strong> themed after stories of being a Disney artist, from sketching styles of Walt Disney himself to rooms based on original drawings from classic Disney films like Sleeping Beauty. Plus a very kid-friendly pool area.</p><p><strong>EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays</strong> </p><p>The 2021 festival will run from November 26 through Dec. 30, 2021. It celebrates holiday traditions from around the globe, with a variety of yuletide decorations, family-friendly activities, and the return of the beloved long-standing tradition of “Candlelight Processional.”</p><p><br>What are holidays without delicious food and drink? The 14 Holiday Kitchens are scattered throughout all 11 World Showcase pavilions and beyond offering returning fan-favorites and delicious classic holiday dishes and festive beverages.</p><p><br>The fun Holiday Cookie Stroll is back this year with a sweet cookie scavenger hunt. The Festival Passport lists the five official <strong>Holiday Cookie Stroll</strong> locations, and each stop will offer a delicious cookie for purchase and a stamp for your Festival Passport. Once Guests have collected all five stamps, they can bring their Festival Passport to the Holiday Sweets &amp; Treats Holiday Kitchen to receive a 50th anniversary celebration cookie! Guests can complete their Holiday Cookie Stroll at their leisure – they can even bring back their stamped Festival Passport to EPCOT at any time during the festival to complete their stroll. </p><p>In The American Adventure rotunda, EPCOT pastry chefs have recreated the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The American Adventure building in miniature gingerbread versions.</p><p>Also at Epcot, a new <strong>Walt Disney statue</strong> in the World Celebration area is likely to become a hot spot for photos. Dreamer's Point near Spaceship Earth will basically be the Partners of this park. </p><p><strong>More Fun PhotoPass Lenses!</strong></p><p>WDW has launched even more Disney PhotoPass Lenses! These new Lenses, along with our current collection, are available through the <strong>My Disney Experience</strong> app with a purchase of Disney Genie+ service.</p><p><br>The <strong>Disney Wish</strong> will have two new stage shows: Sieze the Adventure will feature Captain Minnie and a new live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid with a new take on the story.</p><p><br>In related news, Disney Cruise Line has announced that guests 5 and older must be fully vaccinated to sail as of January 13, 2022 and Adventures by Disney January 12, 2022. We will see how this all plays out given Florida legislation.</p><p>Mirabel from ‘Encanto’ Joins <strong>Disney ¡Viva Navidad!</strong> During Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park</p><p><br><strong>News From Destination D23</strong></p><p>At Destination D23, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro revealed Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will open summer 2022 at <strong>EPCOT</strong> as part of the <strong>Walt Disney World</strong> Resort 50th Anniversary celebration. This new family-friendly coaster matches the “grandosity” and fun of the blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” films in what will be one of the longest fully enclosed coasters in the world. an intergalactic chase through time and space. And it features a reverse launch!</p><p> </p><p>At <strong>Disneyland</strong> Resort, the next evolution of <strong>Downtown Disney District</strong> is being planned with work starting in January 2022. The multi-year project to reimagine <strong>Downtown Disney District </strong>will include an even broader collection of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. More details are coming in 2022! </p><p><br><strong>Galactic Starcruiser</strong> March 2022, but there are soft launches earlier in February.</p><p>Live entertainment is coming back almost everywhere, including shows and Festival of Fantasy Parade in early 2022.</p><p>Also, “World of Color” and “Fantasmic!” are returning to the <strong>Disneyland</strong> Resort next year, along with the “Main Street Electrical Parade”.</p><p><br><strong>MagicBands are Coming to Disneyland (finally)</strong></p><p>This will mark the first time <strong>MagicBand+</strong> will be available at <strong>Disneyland</strong> Resort. Some of the features of MagicBand+ will vary between <strong>Disneyland</strong> Resort and <strong>Walt Disney World</strong> Resort but they haven't shared details yet.  The “Hey, Disney!” voice assistant will work alongside Alexa on Amazon Echo devices and also will begin rolling out to Guest rooms across the Hotels of the <strong>Disneyland</strong> Resort.  </p><p><br></p><p>Disney Imagineers are working on bringing characters – of all sizes – to life in authentic ways at Disney Parks and right now they’re developing a full-body exoskeleton system they’ve nicknamed “<strong>Project EXO</strong>.” It’s still in early concept development and Josh and team shared a glimpse at what the future of Disney Parks may look like!</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.c..."></a></p>
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How Much Time Should You Spend in a Disney Park?
<p><strong>Is it Really a Good Idea to Spend All Day in Disney Parks?</strong></p><p>With so much to do on a Disney vacation, it's easy to get lost in the belief that spending all day in the parks is the right thing to do. But is it?</p><p>In Episode 99 of The Disney Travel Podcast at 1923 Main Street® we explore how much time you should dedicate to visiting Disney Parks and how much time you should leave to enjoy the other aspects of a Disney vacation.</p><p><strong>Disney Park Burnout is Not Fun<br></strong><br>If you spend all day in a Disney Park, there's a good chance you may face Disney Park burnout. That's no fun for anyone and it's really not necessary. We share our top tips for what you need to know to spend just the right amount of time in Disney Parks without going too far for anyone in your group.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Pond5</em></p>
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How Important is Disney Food to a Disney Vacation?
<p><strong>Is it Going Too Far to Celebrate Every New Disney Cupcake as if it Were a New Attraction?<br></strong><br>Maybe things have gotten a little out of hand. Or have they? We debate how the impact of Disney food has had an affect on how we go about enjoying a Disney vacation. Has social media placed an unreasonable and unnecessary focus on the release of every Disney cupcake or fancy cocktail?</p><p><strong>Disney Dining Should Be Fun, But Not a Point of Stress<br></strong><br>Over the years, Disney dining and Disney snacks have taken on almost epic proportions far beyond perhaps what they really warrant. Maybe that's not a big deal, but maybe it becomes a big deal when it starts to impact your Disney vacations in ways you may not like.</p><p>Join us for Episode 98 of The Disney Travel Podcast at 1923 Main Street® as we explore the world of Disney food and the impacts that it has on the overall Disney vacation experience.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Pond5</em></p>
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The Best Disney Roller Coasters at Disney Parks
<p><strong>Buckle Up and Come Along for the Ride!<br></strong><br>Disney roller coasters may not be the fastest or steepest in the world, but there are still plenty of thrills, chills and good old fashion fun to be had. In Episode 97 of The Disney Travel Podcast at 1923 Main Street® we rank and review every single coaster at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris to see which is best at each resort and which one will claim the overall prize as best Disney roller coaster.</p><p><strong>You'll Never Believe Our Top Picks!</strong></p><p>Here are the Disney roller coasters we cover:</p><p>Disneyland Resort</p><ul><li>Goofy's Sky School</li><li>Matterhorn Bobsleds</li><li>Incredicoaster</li><li>Space Mountain</li><li>Big Thunder Mountain Railroad</li></ul><p>Walt Disney World Resort</p><ul><li>Expedition Everest</li><li>Big Thunder Mountain Railroad</li><li>Seven Dwarfs Mine Train</li><li>Rock'n'Roller Coaster</li><li>Space Mountain</li><li>Slinky Dog Dash</li></ul><p>Disneyland Paris</p><ul><li>Big Thunder Mountain</li><li>Hyperspace Mountain</li><li>Indiana Jones Temple of Peril</li><li>Crush's Coaster</li></ul><p>We've ridden them all and share our thoughts on the top picks and bottom feeders. Plus we cover the kid-friendly coasters at each resort and the new Disney roller coasters that are coming soon.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Pond5</em></p>
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Will Disney Genie Make Your Disney Vacation Better or Worse?
<p><strong>Who Will Benefit Most from Disney Genie?</strong></p><p>Disney Genie is now live in Disney Parks and it has been drawing a lot of attention from Disney travelers. We take a close look at exactly how Disney Genie works covering all three parts of its offering. Is it better for one group of Disney travelers than another.</p><p>In Episode 96 of The Disney Travel Podcast at 1923 Main Street we discuss exactly how Disney Genie may help or hinder the following groups of Disney travelers:</p><ul><li>New/first time Disney travelers</li><li>Frequent Disney travelers</li><li>Local Annual Passholders</li><li>Distant Annual Passholders</li></ul><p>Join us as we explore all three tiers of Disney Genie and whether or not it's a good thing.</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Pond5</em></p>
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The Best Hotel Pools at Walt Disney World
<p><strong>What is the Best Disney World Hotel Pool and Which Hotel Pools are Lacking?</strong></p><p>Spending time at your Disney resort hotel pool is a must-do. Every Disney hotel at Walt Disney World has at least one pool, but the Deluxe Disney Resort Hotels has some of the best-themed pools you'll find.<br> <br>In Episode 95 of <strong>The Disney Travel Podcast at 1923 Main Street®</strong> we go resort-by-resort and pool-by-pool to discuss and review all 29 hotel pools at Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts and Villas.</p><p>Hear Mike's picks and Amelia's picks for the ultimate Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts when it comes to pools. We also share which Disney Deluxe hotels we feel are sorely lacking in the area of pool time fun.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Pond5</em></p>
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The Disney Genie+ in Detail: Will it Be Worth it for You?
<p><strong>Walt Disney World Your Way: Will Disney's Genie Help or Hinder?</strong></p><p>Don't get caught up in too much research when planning your Walt Disney World vacation. That's the discussion in Episode 94 of The Disney Travel Podcast at 1923 Main Street. From choosing a hotel, to Disney dining, events and more, there's enough to fray the nerves of even the most savvy travelers.</p><p>With Disney's new Genie and Genie+ planning service as an option to help you make the most of your vacation, things are looking brighter. In this episode we take a close look at the Disney Genie planning tools, and how they can really help to bring more magic to any Disney vacation. That is, assuming they work as planned.</p><p>Join us for an in-depth discussion of how to do Walt Disney World Your Way and whether we think the Disney Genie will live up to the hype.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Pond5</em></p>
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The Insider's Guide to the EPCOT Resort Area at Walt Disney World
<p><strong>There's More Magic to the Epcot Resort Area Than Meets the Eye<br></strong><br>When planning where to stay for your next Walt Disney World vacation, the Epcot resort area is definitely a location to consider. While the Magic Kingdom Resort Area is often in the spotlight, the Epcot resort area offers far more than you may think. With three Deluxe Disney Resort Hotels, two theme parks, plus shopping, dining and entertainment all within walking distance, this is one location that's hard to beat.</p><p>Join us for Episode 93 of <a href="https://1923mainstreet.com">The Disney Travel Podcast at 1923 Main Street</a> as we go inside the EPCOT resort area at Walt Disney World to share the top reasons why you may want to consider staying here on your next WDW vacation.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Pond5</em></p>
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The One Thing That Can Put a Dent in a Disney World Vacation
<p><strong>How to Deal with (and avoid) Stress on Your Walt Disney World Vacation<br></strong><br>While a Disney vacation is a fun and magical experience, Disney World vacations have been known to come with their share of stress. Whether it's in the planning phase or during your visit, Disney stress can appear in so many ways.</p><p>In Episode 92 of The Disney Travel Podcast at 1923 Main Street we discuss the causes of Disney vacation stress, including:</p><ul><li>weather</li><li>changes in the parks or hotels</li><li>missed reservations</li><li>transportation issues</li><li>crowds</li><li>lines</li><li>tired kids</li><li>tired adults</li><li>other guests (the obnoxious ones) and</li><li>over planning</li></ul><p>We share our top tips for how to manage every one of these potentially stressful situations so that they won't ruin your Disney vacation.</p><p><br><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Pond5</em></p>
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What You Don't See on a Disney Vacation
<p><strong>The Business of Disney Vacation and the Guest Experience<br></strong><br>When you visit Walt Disney World, Disneyland or any other Disney resort around the globe you'll experience a very similar style of guest experience. This doesn't happen by accident and half the time you won't even notice how it shapes the world around you.</p><p>In Episode 91 of The Disney Travel Podcast at 1923 Main Street we explore five key areas that are distinctly Disney and that help to shape that magical Disney travel experience.</p><p>Join us as we discuss:</p><ol><li>Brand Voice</li><li>Change</li><li>Guest Service</li><li>Innovation</li><li>Backstage</li></ol><p><strong>For More Information</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-ive-learned-business-from-100-trips-walt-disney-world-mike/">What I've Learned About Business from 100 Trips to Walt Disney World</a></p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merchandise to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Pond5</em></p>
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10 Little Luxuries to Elevate Your Walt Disney World Vacation
<p><strong>Give Your Disney World Vacation a Little Luxury Makeover with these Simple Options<br></strong><br>If you want to do something a little extra special on your next Disney vacation, we're here to help. In Episode 90 of <a href="https://1923mainstreet.com">The Disney Travel Podcast at 1923 Main Street</a> we share 10 easy ways that you can elevate your Disney World vacation with a little luxury.</p><p>There's something for everyone no matter what your price range or Disney vacation budget.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merch to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Pond5</em></p>
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Exploring the Disney Springs Resort Area: Should You Stay Here?
<p><strong>Should You Stay in the Disney Springs Resort Area?<br></strong><br>The Disney Springs resort area at Walt Disney World is a very unique neighbourhood with a very different vibe than the other three major resort areas at Disney World.</p><p>With a combination of onsite Disney Deluxe Villas and offsite Good Neighbour hotels from which to choose, there are many accommodation options in this area. You may not be able to walk to a Disney theme park from here, but that is not necessarily a bad thing depending on what kind of Disney vacation you have in mind.</p><p>In Episode 89 of <a href="https://1923mainstreet.com"><strong>The Disney Travel Podcast at 1923 Main Street</strong></a> we explore the ins and outs of the Disney Springs Resort Area to help you decide whether this may be a good option for your next WDW vacation.</p><p><strong>Thank You for Listening to the Disney Travel Podcast<br></strong><br>Thank you very much for listening to this episode, Amelia and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did, we would be very grateful if you could <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1493433913"><strong>rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes</strong></a> (or on whichever app you choose to listen). A brief review about what you liked most about an episode truly helps to keep the show going by exposing it to new listeners. We look forward to continue producing new episodes each week.</p><p>If you are interested in helping to support the our show, we have set up some great rewards for our supporters on <a href="https://www.patreon.com/1923mainstreet">Patreon</a>. So feel free to drop by for a visit. Sharing the podcast with your friends and on social media is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated.</p><p><strong>Shop 1923 Main Street<br></strong><br>Feel free to visit our <a href="https://1923mainstreet.redbubble.com/">1923 Main Street® merchandise shop</a> where we have hundreds of unique and original Disney-inspired t-shirts, clothing, mugs, phone cases and much more. From 1923 Main Street logo merch to custom created authentic originals.</p><p><strong>Contact 1923 Main Street</strong></p><p>Thank you for listening to the Daddy Daughter Disney Travel Podcast at <a href="https://www.1923mainstreet.com/">1923MainStreet.com</a>. As always, we love to get feedback and questions from our listeners and to hear your suggestions and ideas for future episodes.</p><p>Please be sure to follow along on <a href="https://twitter.com/1923mainstreet">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/1923mainstreet">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://pinterest.com/1923mainstreet">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1923MainStreet">Facebook</a>.</p><p>Thank you for listening and have a magical day!</p><p>Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic</p><p>--<br><em>Media provided by Pond5</em></p>
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Disney World 50th is Almost Here, So What More are they Planning?
<p><strong>Is Disney Doing Enough to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World?</strong></p><p>With less than a month to go before the kick-off of Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary celebrations on October 1, we don't really know a lot about what Disney has planned to mark this momentous occasion.</p><p>Or do we?</p><p>With the big day almost upon us, Disney has release precious little details about what they may have planned to celebrate the golden anniversary of Walt Disney W