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5 Disney Things You Should Know This Week – October 21, 2016

Welcome to another week of Disney things you should know. Not everyone can keep up with all of the Disney news (not even me, and I do this stuff full time), so we provide you with 5 Disney Things you should know from this week to help you keep up to date. This week features Two new discounts, a Marvel Day at Sea and a world wide event coming for Mickey’s birthday, plus more!

2017 Disneyland Winter Discount

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While Fall 2016 Disneyland discounts were released just a few weeks ago, it looks like Disneyland wanted to get a jump on Winter 2017 bookings. This week, a new Winter 2017 discount was released, currently for Disney VISA cardholders only. Save up to 25% at Disneyland! This offer will be released next week for everyone, a Disney VISA will no longer be required.

For more information: 2017 Disneyland Winter Savings

Adventures by Disney Danube Cruise Discount

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We rarely see discounts on Adventures by Disney, but here is one that is going to be tough to pass. If you didn’t know, Adventures by Disney is Disney’s tour arm, featuring guided tours all around the world from China to Africa to Southern California. If you haven’t been on one, think of the best vacation you have ever been on, and I can promise you an Adventure will be considerably better. First class from start to finish. Disney is offer a $500 per person discount on select 2017 sailings for their popular Danube Cruise adventure.

For more information2017 Adventures by Disney Danube Cruise Discount

Marvel Super Hero Day at Sea with Disney Cruise

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Have you ever wanted to set sail with your favorite Super Heroes? Now is your chance, with Disney Cruise Line’s Marvel Day at Sea on select 2017 Disney Cruises. Following in the footsteps of the super popular Star Wars Day at Sea, you can now spend a full day with Spiderman, Captain America, Thor or any of the other Marvel super heroes, plus, watch Marvel movies from sun up to sun down on the big screen. If you love Super Heroes, this is the cruise for you.

For more informationDisney Cruise Marvel Day at Sea

Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam

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Everyone loves fireworks and everyone loves the holidays, so what could be better than holiday themed firework? Basically nothing. Walt Disney World has announced a new holiday themed light and fireworks show that will take place in Disney’s Hollywood Studios this year, and hopefully for years to come. The all-new  “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” holiday spectacular comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort on November 14, 2016. Santa Claus is missing and the search-and-rescue mission to get The Big Guy back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve is all part of the fun. The show comes to life on, above and around the Chinese Theater with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a rousing seasonal musical score.

For more information: Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam

Mickey Mouse’s Birthday Party

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How do you celebrate your birthday when you’re the “Big Cheese” at Disney? The original M-O-U-S-E? With a trip around the world, of course.

Mickey Mouse, who will mark his birthday on November 18, has just embarked on a trip around the world. Over the next few weeks, he will make surprise appearances in iconic locations to celebrate his birthday with his fans. You’ll be able to follow Mickey’s adventures on various social channels, including: Disney Parks Blog, Disney’s Mickey Mouse Facebook page, Mickey Mouse Instagram account, or using the hashtag #HappyBirthdayMickey.

Then on November 18, select locations at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as Disney Stores around the United States, will distribute commemorative “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” buttons. Disneyland park in Anaheim will host a special pre-parade birthday celebration for Mickey, and at Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, characters and performers will dance in a special birthday-themed edition of the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party. Also on November 18, fans can enjoy a new video highlighting Mickey’s travels around the world, which will also feature the new song, “What We Got.”

Did I miss any Disney news this week that should have been included?

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5 Disney Things You Should Know This Week – September 30, 2016

Welcome to another week of Disney things you should know. Not everyone can keep up with all of the Disney news (not even me, and I do this stuff full time), so we provide you with 5 Disney Things you should know from this week to help you keep up to date. This week features THREE! new Walt Disney World discounts, a new Muppet show presented several times a day in the Magic Kingdom and cupcakes!

Two new Walt Disney World Discounts for 2017

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This week brought us two brand new Walt Disney World discounts for early 2017. Currently, these two discounts are available to Disney VISA Cardholders only, but starting on Monday October 3, both of these offers will be made available to everyone, a Disney VISA will no longer be required.

2017 Play, Stay and Dine DiscountJanuary 1 – March 7, 2017 – Include the Disney Dining plan in your package and save up to $700!

Save up to 25%January 1 – April 8, 2017 – Not interested in a dining plan? This offer will save up up to 25% off of your Walt Disney World resort room.

2017 Disney Military Discounts

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Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland have extended their long running military discounts to cover 2017. Save up to 40% on your Disney resort plus Disney also offers specially discounted tickets for military members and their families. If you qualify, it is a great way to save!

For more information: 2017 Disney Military Discounts

Adventures by Disney Food & Wine Cruise

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Do you love the Epcot Food & Wine Festival? Admit it, who doesn’t? Adventures by Disney has announced the ultimate Food & Wine festival ever, a 7 night Rhine River cruise, complete with all the Adventures by Disney magic plus gourmet food and wine!

This 8-day, 7-night epicurean vacation sets sail on October 21, 2017, allowing you to discover the unique culinary history and culture of four countries—Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Onboard will be Disney Culinary Director John State and Master Sommelier Brian Koziol, who have worked hand-in-hand with Adventures by Disney to masterfully craft this premier gourmet sailing.

For more information: Adventures by Disney Food & Wine Cruise

The Muppets Present ….. Great Moments in American History


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Great news for all you Muppets fans out there! Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and The Great Gonzo arrive at Magic Kingdom Park on October 2 for the opening of their all-new, live show “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History.” Hosted by James “J.J.” Jefferson, town crier of Liberty Square, and Sam Eagle, the fiercely patriotic American eagle who is forever trying to set a high moral standard for the Muppets, this wacky new show is set to take place several times daily, just outside The Hall of Presidents.

Throughout the day, J.J. and the Muppets share their own unique take on the founding fathers as they recount the tale of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, complete with an original song and plenty of humor. At other times, you may catch the Muppets’ version of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, presented in hysterical fashion as only they can.

Sprinkles Cupcakes coming to Disneyland

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A visit to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort will be even sweeter beginning in November when Sprinkles opens its newest location, serving up freshly baked cupcakes and cookies.

Touted as the world’s first cupcake bakery by Food Network, Sprinkles has been credited with inspiring the craze for gourmet cupcakes. The shop in Downtown Disney District will offer handcrafted cupcakes in flavors like banana, carrot, salty caramel, strawberry and a Sprinkles bestseller: red velvet. Signature cookies, including snickerdoodle, salted oatmeal cornflake and peanut butter pretzel chip are also on the Sprinkles bill of fare.

And Sprinkles considers customers’ special dietary needs, offering vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free cupcake, cookie and sorbet options.

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5 Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Old Key West

Old Key West was one of the very first Disney resorts I stayed at, back when it was called the Disney’s Vacation Club Resort. So glad they decided to change that name a few years after opening. Disney’s Old Key West Resort sounds much better. It was Disney’s very first “timeshare” resort, and whether you like or hate DVC, the resort is spectacular. I still consider it my home away from home at Disney World, though I try to stay at every Disney resort on a kind of rotating bases. Here are 5 reasons to stay at Disney’s Old Key West Resort.

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5 Reasons to stay at Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  1. Relaxation – There are very few things in this world I love more than the Disney theme parks, but they do tend to be over stimulating for kids and adults alike. One of the most important things I look for in a Disney resort is the ability to have a place to leave the parks behind and relax. No where on Disney property is better for a little peace and quiet than Old Key West. Designed after Key West in southern Florida, you really do get that relaxing, laid back feeling at the resort. Everything is so quiet and spread out, you can’t help spending time at the resort and just loving it. Most villas have a little patio that overlooks the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, an awesome place to sit and read or relax while you take a small break from the parks.
  2. Parking – While this will not apply to everyone, if you happen to have a car there isn’t a better resort for parking than Old Key West. Most villas have parking lots right in front of them, so the walk from your room to your car is literally a few feet. No huge parking lots that should offer shuttles here, just easy access.
  3. Huge Rooms – Old Key West offers the largest villas on Disney property, by quite a way. The main room in the villa is HUGE, as are the bedrooms and bathrooms. You really feel like you have a ton of space. With the remodel a few years ago, the 2 bedroom villas now sleep 9, with a king bed in the master, 2 queen beds in the second bedroom and a fold out couch and chair in the main room. Even with 9 bodies in the villa, they still feel spacious.
  4. Villa Amenities – Not only do a miss the space when not staying in a villa at Disney World, I also miss the amenities you get when staying in a villa. In addition to the large family room which is great for gathering during the day, you also get a full kitchen (which is a great money saver on some meals) and a washer and dryer. When we visit Disney, we try to make it an extended stay, usually 11 – 12 nights, and the kitchen and washer/dryer pay for themselves.
  5. Access to Disney Springs – Old Key West is technically classified as a Disney Springs resort, but the access to Epcot, Hollywood Studios and the Magic Kingdom are very quick and painless by Disney bus. But, the access to Disney Springs is better than any resort not named Saratoga Springs. You can wonderful boat access directly from the heart of the resort right to Disney Springs, no stops involved and it is rarely crowded. Plus, there is a wonderful nature trail that runs from Old Key West, through the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course and to Saratoga Springs, with a turnoff that heads to Disney Springs right before getting to Saratoga Springs. It is a great way to get to or from Disney Springs if you want to stretch your legs a little bit.

Disdom Hint: My favorite buildings at Old Key West are 63 and 64, not only do they have fantastic views but they are right next to the Hospitality House which is where the restaurants, main pool, bus stop and boat launch are. If staying at Old Key West, find yourself a map that includes the building numbers and request any building close to the Hospitality House, you will love it.

Why do you love staying at Disney’s Old Key West Resort?