30 October 2014, 12:35 pm
Disney World Debuts Move It Shake It Dance and Play It Parade
This past weekend, Walt Disney World debuted a brand new parade at Magic Kingdom. The previous Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Parade is now the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party Parade and includes new floats, more Disney characters than ever before and even a few interactive elements you’ll want to be a part of.
This past Friday, the new Magic Kingdom parade debuted to an excited crowd as it made its way down Main Street U.S.A. As the processional floated by viewers took note of the display screens on several of the floats as well as a ton of new characters. The screens plastered sayings like, “Can you move it like this?” to get the audience more involved and really dancing. Stitch, Phineas and Ferb and other popular Disney characters also popped up in the streets to get the crowd moving and grooving during the fun. The Disney characters continue showing off their moves at the end of the parade, which stops right in the middle courtyard in front of Cinderella Castle, with a fun-filled dance party complete with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and other Disney favorites.
The best part of the new Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! is the interactive elements that allow viewers to actually pick the songs played in the parade. Parade-goers are given a choice of 3 songs. The song with the loudest applause wins and will be the next song played. Guests are also encouraged to take selfies while at the parade and share them on Instagram using the #MoveItShakeItPics. During the finale song your photo could be chosen and you’ll see it pop up on the video screen.
The “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party parade can be seen several times daily at Magic Kingdom. To choose the songs played in this interactive processional and maybe even have your picture plastered on the video screen for all to see, look for discounted Walt Disney World tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.
29 October 2014, 1:13 pm
Hollywood Studios to Remove Sorcerer Hat and Jack Sparrow
Two of Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ attractions will be removed from the park by the end of this year. The iconic Sorcerer Mickey Hat and “The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” will say goodbye to Disney forever, leaving speculation that Walt Disney World is planning something big for the park.
Disney Spokesman Bryan Malenius has confirmed Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ plans to remove the Sorcerer Mickey Hat in early 2015 as part of its re-imagining. The 122-foot structure has become the image of Hollywood Studios, as well as the place for stage shows. The massive sorcerer’s hat debuted at the park in 2001 as part of the “100 Years of Magic” celebration. The hat was just meant to be a part of the celebration and then it was to be removed but it was such a hit Disney kept it for the past 13 years, making it the iconic structure of the park. Some Disney fans always felt its placement in the Hollywood Boulevard section of the park didn’t fit into the “the Hollywood that never was and always would be,” theme.
The removal of the hat will somewhat reclaim that theme as guests will be able to experience a perfect view down Hollywood Boulevard, one that would include the replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. We’re still not sure if the stage that sits in front of the Sorcerer Hat will also be removed or if there are any plans to reclaim the Hollywood theming in that area. The Sorcerer Mickey Hat isn’t the only thing leaving Hollywood Studios. “The Legend of Jack Sparrow” will also come to a close on November 6. After just two years of being open, “The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” walk through attraction will take its last swashbuckling pirate adventure. There is no word yet on what will replace the attraction.The removal of Sorcerer’s Mickey Hat and “The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” are just two of the many other closings happening at the park these past few months. Hollywood Studios recently closed the once popular American Idol Experience as well as the Studio Backlot Tour. Now light on entertainment, the rumors are swirling that this is proof the park is planning new attractions including a Pixar Land or “Star Wars” land as well as the possibility of a third track to Toy Story Mania attraction. Check back soon for more details on the removal of these attractions and what will be replacing them. In the meantime you can visit the Sorcerer Mickey Hat and “The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” one last time with discounted Walt Disney World tickets right here on Orlando Fun tickets.
28 October 2014, 12:44 pm
Special Thanksgiving Menus at Over 30 Disney World Restaurants
This Thanksgiving let Walt Disney World do the cooking and enjoy a feast of unique Thanksgiving dishes from 30 different restaurants and dining choices at the Orlando theme parks and resorts during the Thanksgiving event, A Feast of Disney Tastes.
Gather your friends and family on November 27 for one magical Thanksgiving meal that will bring you tastes from all over the world. Walt Disney World has gathered their top chefs and asked them to create unique and flavorful dishes that represent Thanksgiving in other countries. The result will be mouthwatering lunch and dinner options at all four Disney parks throughout the day. Here are some highlights:
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Special holiday menus will include roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings plus traditional Norwegian meatballs and pan-seared salmon at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot’s Norway Pavillion.
Over at Disney Animal Kingdom Villas, try a poppy seed lavash, house-made naan, and apple-cranberry achar at Sanaa, which brings a little bit of African cuisine to your Thanksgiving with Indian flavors. Yum.
Head over to Disney Wilderness Lodge for roasted heirloom beets with candied walnuts and mulled apple cider at Artist Point, and other tasty dishes you won’t want to miss this Thanksgiving.
Other Restaurants with Special Menus
If you happen to be in Magic Kingdom for Thanksgiving, make sure you head to Be Our Guest Restaurant and Tony’s Town Square Restaurant for a special holiday menu. Hollywood & Vine and The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and several hotels throughout Walt Disney World Resort will also be serving up a delicious Thanksgiving feast.
Back at Epcot, guests can also feast on Thanksgiving menus during lunch and dinner seatings at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, and Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, as well as quick service at Sunshine Seasons. Now there is no reason not to enjoy Thanksgiving at the park!
If all of this feasting talk has your mouth watering and your tummy rumbling you can find discounted Walt Disney World tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets. It is also worth mentioning that Hollywood Studios has their Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights up by Thanksgiving so you might want to look into a Disney Park Hopper ticket to both feast and enjoy the holiday lights throughout Disney.