Akershus Royal Banquet VS Cinderella’s Royal Table

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At Disney World, there are two main choices of character dining with the princess: Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom and Norway’s Akershus Royal Banquet at Epcot. If your little princess or prince is dying to meet a lot of princesses and you want to try a character dining experience, the big question is – Which one do we choose?

We are asked all the time which princess character dining is better? Or which should we pick? If you haven’t experienced either, it is hard to know which to choose. Luckily, we have been to both with our crew and we will compare them for you. Then you can decide which is right for your Disney experience.

Keep in mind one thing: Cinderella’s Royal Table is a much smaller restaurant than Akershus Royal Banquet. Royal Table has much less tables and thus has fewer reservations. It is much harder to get into this restaurant, not because it is better, but because it is smaller. You may not be able to get a reservation depending on the time of year as well.

Atmosphere

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The entrance to the restaurant is actually on the first floor and it is designed like a castle with armor and flags. This is where you will meet Cinderella and take a picture with her. From there, you will climb stairs to the dining room. This room is, again, decorated like a castle with crests, flags and lots of wood and stone. It has amazing views out into the park. These views, unfortunately, are only enjoyed by the families seated right in the center or in front of the windows. If you have more than 4 in your party, you will not be sitting near these areas. The tables are dark, thick wood and the chairs are thick wood with medieval-style fabrics. The dining area is somewhat of a circle shape. The stain-glass windows looking out into the park are beautiful.

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Stain-glass windows that look out into Fantasyland

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Main dining room at Akershus

The entrance to this restaurant is somewhat like a restaurant waiting area, and you will take a photo with a princess in a small inlet area. The decoration is designed to feel like a castle with somewhat similar decoration to Royal Table – flags, crests, wood and stone. Inside the dining halls, there are many wood tables and wood chairs. The tables and chairs are less fancy than Royal Table. Stained glass windows and regular windows surround the dining areas. The dining areas are much larger than Royal Table and there are about 3 different rooms of dining tables.

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Overall: The overall atmosphere at Royal Table wins out only by a hair – the design of Akershus is still delightful and royal. But being inside the actual castle makes Cinderella’s just a smidge better.

Food

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Cinderella’s Royal Table is served as a sit-down style where you order from the menu and it is brought to your table. The food is very good and the selections should appeal to most people. The menu is somewhat European/American style fare. The service is very good and prompt. The servers are very good with small children. Our kids always enjoy the food at this restaurant! This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are using the dining plan, this table-serve counts as two table-serves.

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Steak and potatoes breakfast

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Vegetarian quiche

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Breakfast fare served family-style at table

Akershus is served as both a buffet/family style and a sit-down style. They serve Norwegian/American style fare food. Breakfast offers a buffet as well as family-style breakfast offerings brought to your table. Lunch and dinner have family style appetizers and desserts as well as menu-ordered entrees. They offer some different fare like fish, but we found the food was delicious and our kids enjoyed the food a lot, and even tried some new dishes.

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Breakfast fare from buffet

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Buffet at Akershus

Overall: It is pretty even on the food unless your family is extremely picky and Norwegian fare scares you (but it shouldn’t). Our family enjoyed meals at both restaurants evenly.

Princess Meet & Greets

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Cinderella greet before you enter the dining room

Cinderella meets guests at the entrance and takes photos there. There is a PhotoPass photographer there and the photos can be added to your PhotoPass account or on your MagicBand. All other princesses will do meet and greets in the dining room and come straight to your table. If you are there at the beginning of the “session”, each princess is announced individually and then begins a set pattern through the dining hall stopping at each table to say hello, interact, sign books and take photos. They also will do a wishing star portion with all the princesses and each child gets a plastic wishing star to make their wish. They used to give princesses wands and princes swords but that may have changed.

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Princesses love little princes!

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Wishing star and wand that girl receive at Cinderella’s – boys get a sword

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Belle greet before you enter the dining room

One of the princesses meets guests at the entrance and takes photos there. There is a Photopass photographer there and the photos can be added to your PhotoPass account or on your MagicBand. All other princesses will do meet and greets in the dining room and come straight to your table. Princess are announced individually and then they begin a set pattern through the dining rooms stopping at each table to say hello, interact, sign books and take photos. They also do a princess parade, where all the kids get in a line with the princesses and walk through the dining hall. They do this several times while guests are there.

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Princesses love little princes!

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Cinderella leading the Royal Parade

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Overall: The experience of meeting the princess at each restaurant is completely the same. They interact at your table and with your kids the same. It takes the same amount of time for them to get to your table. There is really no edge given to either restaurant for this one.

Keep in mind: All photos taken inside the restaurant are with your personal camera and not PhotoPass photographers. Also, the princesses NOT included in these dining experiences are: Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel, Merida and Tiana. Princesses usually included in these experiences: Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan and Belle. Belle is typically NOT included at Cinderella’s because she has her own greet at Enchanted Tales with Belle in New Fantasyland.

Price

Cinderella’s Royal Table is more in price than Akershus. Both are expensive and prices vary based on time of year so we can’t give you a set price. It can cost anywhere from $130-$160 for a family of four. Akershus counts as one table serve on the Disney Dining Plan. Cinderella’s Royal Table is more expensive – it is roughly $180-$210 for a family of four. It also uses two table-serve credits from the Disney Dining Plan. At both restaurants, breakfast is less expensive than lunch and dinner. At Royal Table, tax AND gratuity are included in your price. At Akershus, only tax is included. Also, Table of Wonderland discount cards are accepted at both locations.

Overall: If you are simply looking for the cheapest princess dining, then breakfast at Akershus is the least expensive.

Those are the four most important things to look at when deciding which princess dining experience you want to do with your family. Our family has dined at Cinderella’s Royal Table many times and recently wanted to try something different with Akershus, and we were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed it and how similar it really was to the other restaurant.

We hope this comparison has helped you decided where your royal crew will dine with Disney royalty!

Disney World Updates

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Here are the latest and greatest of Disney World news and updates, and maybe a few scoops! We will be sending a separate update on Disneyland news since there is so much going on in California.

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Disneyland and Disney World now ban all selfie sticks in the parks. They have stated this is for the safety of guests and cast members. Do not bring them into the parks – this is as of June 30th.

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Splash Mountain has been added to evening Extra Magic Hours as of June 13.

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The Orange Bird is now returning to Sunshine Tree Terrace and Aloha Isle in Adventureland. The menus at Sunshine Tree Terrace and Aloha Isle switched earlier this year, so our beloved Dole Whip is now available at Sunshine Tree Terrace. We love this change as there is far more space at Sunshine. Aloha Isle now serves our other favorite cold treat, Citrus Swirl. You can find the Orange Bird added to the marquee. There was limited edition merchandise that may find its way back to the stores.

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Be Our Guest Restaurant began serving breakfast starting in the spring. Reservations are recommended and it has been quite a hit with guests. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs and eggs florentine.

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Taste Track – new quick-serve food at Future World near Test Track. They serve new delicious recipes for the favorite grilled cheese sandwich including Gruyere and Applewood smoked bacon, Fontina with tomato basil grilled cheese, and Canadian cheddar and apples grilled cheese on cinnamon raisin bread. Each sandwich comes with your choice of soup or salad. Other menu items include chicken salad and kid’s grilled cheese.

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series lineup continues:

Don’t Look Back–A Tribute to Boston –June 27-July4
Fire & Ice–A Tribute to Pat Benatar–July 5-11
Stayin’ Aline–A Tribute to the Bee Gees–July 12-18
Hotel California–A Salute to the Eagles–July 19-25

All tribute bands can be seen at the America Gardens Theatre Stage at various concert times.

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New World Showcase Entertainment: The American Music Machine will be performing at the American Adventure pavilion. B’net Al Houwariyate, a Berber music and dance troupe from Marrakesh, with perform at the Morocco pavilion.

New Norway attractions for Frozen are set to open in 2016. Work is already underway for “Frozen Ever After” and “Royal Sommerhus”. The Maelstrom ride will be transformed into a ride into the world of Arendelle. There will also be a meet and greet for Anna & Elsa.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will celebrate its 20th year this fall. A new 12-inch Figment plush will be introduced to commemorate this event. There will also be a new concert series called “Eat to the Beat” that includes a wide array of bands performing.

Hollywood Studios

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Frozen Summer Fun began on June 17th at Hollywood Studios! This includes:

  • Frozen Royal Welcome– Processional twice a day and this year it will include Olaf as well as Anna, Elsa and Kristoff with a new ice palace.
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  • Olaf’s Summer Cool Down–New show with Olaf and friends
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  • “Frozen Fever” will be playing in the ABC Sound Studio including a peek behind the scenes at the making of the film
  • A “Frozen” Sing Along Celebration will be moving into the Hyperion Theater at the center of Hollywood Studios
  • “Frozen” Fireworks will follow the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party that includes Olaf with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.

New Frozen Summer Fun cupcakes will be available starting June 17th at ABC Commissary, FairFax Fare, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Pizza Planet, Starring Rolls, Rosie’s All American Café, and The Trolley Car Café. The cupcakes are included in Disney Dining Plan, and all “Frozen” specialty cupcakes will be available through September 7th.

Once Upon a Time fans will love the new themed window fronts on the Streets of America! This very popular show will have new displays along the street.

Animal Kingdom

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Zuri’s Sweet Treats opens in Harambe Market and will be serving traditional candy treats with an African twist. They will also have Flame Tree Barbecue’s signature sauce to purchase!

Creature Comforts reopened June 18 with re-imagined food and beverages. Menu includes Starbucks coffee as well as breakfast options like sandwiches and pastries.

Pizzafari will no longer serve breakfast at Animal Kingdom – lunch and dinner only. Breakfast is available at Tusker House, Rainforest Cafe and kiosks and stands throughout the park including Creature Comforts.

Pocahontas has a new meet and greet location at the Discovery Island Character Landing. This is the only location in Walt Disney World to meet Pocahontas. Animal Kingdom is home to other exclusive character meet and greets: Tarzan, Rafiki, Dug & Russell from “Up”, and Baloo & King Louie. As always, check the Times Guide for character times.

Typhoon Lagoon

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As part of the Coolest Summer Ever celebration at Disney World, Typhoon Lagoon water park will host the Teen Beach 2: Beach Party (#teenbeach2)! This celebration will include summery games, dancing to retro-beach tunes and hula hoop contests daily. Teen Beach 2 runs through July 5th.

Downtown Disney

With the renovation of Downtown Disney still underway and transforming into Disney Springs, rumors are flying about the closing of Disney Quest, the interactive game center in Downtown Disney. It is possible that next year, it will be gone from the newly redesigned area.

Disney World Resorts

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Polynesian Bungalows are now open at the Polynesian Resort. These new Bungalows as well as studio villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club family. The bungalows sit over the Seven Seas Lagoon and can sleep up to 8 guests. We will be sharing a detailed post on the new additions to the Polynesian resort shortly.

Please keep following Preschoolears for more Disney updates for Disney World, Disneyland and all things Disney!

Photos credit: Walt Disney World News

Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

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Last week, I had the honor of attending Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World. This amazing event is an invitation only conference for bloggers and social media moms, and I was so excited to be invited this year! Disney designs this conference as a family event and attendees are encouraged to bring their families along. I chose to bring my oldest daughter with me as part of a graduation gift as well as some very special mother and daughter time.

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I would like to share some of the highlights from the weekend with you. The conference was held at the beautiful Yacht Club, which is one of my favorite resorts at Disney World. We were greeted by our favorite character, Mickey Mouse!

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View from our room at the Yacht Club

The event began with a fabulous welcome reception held at Epcot that included fabulous food, music and character greets for kids. The food was so creative, and I mean that in a good way! Where else would you find cheeseburger egg rolls and smoking popcorn? My daughter and I took pictures with Rapunzel, Sorcerer Mickey and Baymax and Hiro. It was a very fun kick off for the weekend!

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The social media celebration was one full day of sessions held at the Yacht Resort Conference center. We were treated to some delicious meals and snacks, as well as some amazing speakers that inspired everyone!

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Our first speaker was George A. Kalagridis, President of Walt Disney World Resort. He shared with us upcoming expansion news including Animal Kingdom and Avatar World. He told us about DisneyGrants for 2015 (#2015DisneyGrants). And he gave sneak peeks at the Disneyland 60th Anniversary Celebration that begins May 22!!

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We then heard from Eva Smith, Head of Marcom and Insights at Pinterest. She shared great insight on Pinterest use for our blogs and how to reach a wider audience. It is amazing to see what a large reach Pinterest has and how much it has grown over the years. Pinterest is one of my favorite places on the web!

Next, we heard from Jonas Rivera, Producer of the upcoming Pixar film Inside Out. He shared with us the process of their storytelling and development for the exciting new film that is opening in theaters June 19th. They have been working on this film for five years! My kids can’t wait to see it.

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Disney Social Media reminded us that Star Wars weekends were starting the following weekend, and we were surprised with Storm Troopers in the conference! As a Star Wars fan, it was very exciting!!

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Our next speaker was Janice Baldemino, Director Global Brand Marketing for Disney Infinity! We got the inside scoop on the upcoming release of Disney Infinity 3.0! My family loves Disney Infinity so I was so excited to learn that in the summer, they will be releasing Star Wars characters – three sets, with the new 3.0 as well as Inside Out characters! And the newest characters coming are Mickey and Minnie! They gifted all the attendees with these classic characters! Check out the new 3.0 characters coming soon!

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The most inspiring moment of the day was hearing from Vivienne Harr, Chief Executive Officer at Stand. She is 11 years old. She started a campaign selling lemonade to help end child slavery around the world, and her small idea grew into a huge movement! She has started the company Stand, to unite people for causes around the world. Check out her site at stand.tc

One of the main sponsors of this amazing event is Alamo. Megan Maguire, Brand Publicity Manager, spoke to us about their new Twitter presence and their new social media team of Chief Travel Moms who blog about traveling with kids. Check them out on twitter @Alamo.

Chris Brogan, CEO of Owner Media Group and bestselling author of eight books, spoke to us about developing a newsletter and developing content for our readers. He had amazing insight for everyone!

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Next, we were so lucky to have Jeffry Epstein, Manager of the official Disney fan club, D23! He talked with us about the upcoming D23 Expo that will be held August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is a biyearly event and it is filled with entertainment, celebrity and talent visits, special exhibits, new Disney announcements and sneak peeks, special merchandise and a fan costume contest that is fantastic! To check out all the info, visit D23Expo.com. If you are interested in membership into the fan club, there are different price levels including a free level!

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Disney Imagicademy spoke to us about their new line of kids apps, which we have featured on our blog including Mickey’s Magical Math World and Mickey’s Art World. Dr. Tanya Altmann shared with us that their next amazing kids app is coming this summer and it will be Frozen: Early Science. What they showed us looks awesome and it may be one of our favorites!

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We ended our conference with a speech from retired NFL Wide Receiver Donald Driver. He was inspiring and funny, and the best end to a wonderful day. He shared parts of his life story and how he overcame the challenges in his life. But he also shared a story about experiencing harsh and cruel words through social media, and how he dealt with it. He inspired us to give purpose to the words we write. “Stars do not struggle to shine. Rivers do not struggle to flow. It’s all about the power of your passion!” -Donald Driver

After all our sessions, we got to have a special Mickey’s Beach Bash on the beach in front of the Beach and Yacht Club. Mickey and friends joined up for the fun, and we enjoyed live music and delicious Disney cuisine!

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My favorite decoration of the night was a hand crafted sandcastle made just for us!

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The next day, we were given the opportunity to see a sneak peek of the new Disney Pixar movie, Inside Out! We were shuttled to  the AMC Theater in Downtown Disney and treated to a light breakfast while we watched the movie. We also got to see the first 12 minutes of the new Disney movie Tomorrowland.

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First, Inside Out is awesome! We didn’t get to see the end because the finishing touches are still being put together, but the part we saw was fantastic! Kids will love it! It is really clever and funny. The preview for Tomorrowland was awesome too! It looks like a unique and intriguing movie. Inside Out will be in theaters June 19th and Tomorrowland opens this weekend, starting May 22nd.

There was plenty of park time for us as well, as we were able to enjoy some of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival which was beautiful. I will share some of our photos of the festival in another post. The next day was Mother’s Day, and Disney treated all the Social Media Moms to a delicious breakfast as well as some music from the a capella group Voice Play. It was an awesome show!

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My daughter and I had a great time and I had the most amazing experience learning and meeting other bloggers. The social media moms were a diverse group of bloggers and vloggers. I was truly honored to be included in their group!

Disney gave us lots of great gifts as well as treated us so special. I am so glad I was given the opportunity to be a part of the celebration. My daughter and I had a great mother and daughter trip too – something that can be rare in a family of four kids.

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I hope we are given the opportunity to be part of Disney’s Social Media Moms celebration again. Disney is an amazing leader in the social media world and they really know how the reach their audience. This was a wonderful weekend!

Disclaimer: Preschoolears is a personal blog and all opinions, ideas and content are my own. We did receive gifts from sponsors as well as discounts on Disney accommodations, park passes and park perks for attending this conference.

Disney Parks Update 2014

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This is our last update of 2014 for the Disney Parks and news! Hard to believe that 2015 is almost here! If you will be at the parks this holiday or soon after, here are all the news!

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New “Frozen Christmas Celebration” – On Christmas Day, millions of viewers will be watching the Christmas Day Parade at Disney Parks on ABC. This year, the characters from “Frozen” have been added to the parade which moves several characters around on floats. Filming has already begun at Disney World and musical guests this year include Train, Trey Songz, Lucy Hale, and Trisha Yearwood. Disney hasn’t announced all the hosts of the parade but one of the co-hosts was recently announced: Tim Tebow. Tune in on Christmas Day for all the parade fun!

New! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Sold Out Dec 19: The very last Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party of the Season is now officially sold out.  Tickets are still available for December: 11, 12, 14, 16, and 18 2014.

New! Meet Santa at Magic Kingdom Park During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: Santa is available to meet guests at Town Square Courtyard on Main Street, U.S.A., during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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New! United Kingdom Pavilion Receives New Entertainment Offering: The Paul McKenna Band debuted last week in the United Kingdom as one of the new World Showcase entertainment acts. The Paul McKenna Band is a traditional four-piece group from Glasgow, Scotland who will perform in the courtyard of the United Kingdom. The band’s contemporary approach to songs never strays too far from their Scottish, folk music roots. Show times for the Paul McKenna Band are 11, 11:50 a.m., 12:45, 1:40, 2:35, 3:35 and 4:50 p.m.

Candlelight Processional at America Gardens Theatre, with show times at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. While some of these dates have passed, we wanted to share with you the entire list of narrators that are part of this program. Narrators include:

  • Jodi Benson – November 28 – 29, 2014
  • Neil Patrick Harris – November 30 – December 2, 2014
  • Jonathan Groff (NEW!) – December 3 – 4, 2014
  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 5 – 6, 2014
  • LeVar Burton – December 7 – 9, 2014
  • Edward James Olmos – December 10 – 12, 2014
  • Joe Morton (NEW!) – December 13 – 14, 2014
  • Chita Rivera – December 15 – 17, 2014
  • Ana Gasteyer (NEW!) – December 18 – 20, 2014
  • Marlee Matlin – December 21 – 23, 2014
  • Isabella Rossellini – December 24 – 25, 2014
  • Blair Underwood – December 26 – 27, 2014
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – December 28 – 30, 2014

Candlelight Dining Packages are available for Guests. With these special dinner packages, Guests receive dinner at a restaurant of their choice, guaranteed seating at America Gardens Theatre for a booked Candlelight Processional show time and viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Note: Dinner packages do not include park admission. Limited availability.

New! Meet Santa at Epcot:  Santa is available to meet guests at The American Adventure, during Holidays Around the World.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Disney Forms Relationship with Turner Classic Movies for The Great Movie Ride: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has announced a new strategic relationship with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and The Walt Disney Studios to broaden its reach in family entertainment with joint efforts centered on classic film. The relationship features include new TCM integration into The Great Movie ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on-air showcase of Disney Treasures. TCM branding will be integrated into the attraction’s marquee as well as banners, posters and display windows outside the attraction. In the queue line, families will enjoy new digital movie posters and will watch a new pre-ride video with TCM host Robert Osborne providing illuminating insights from the movies some of which Guests will experience during the ride. The finale will feature an all-new montage of classic movie moments. After Guests exit the attraction, they will have a photo opportunity with a classic movie theme. Changes are expected to be seen in The Great Movie Ride by Spring 2015.

Disney’s Star Wars Weekends Dates Announced and Dining Available for Booking: Attention fans of The Force – get ready to plan your trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in spring 2015! Star Wars Weekends will be held every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 15-June 14, 2015. Once again, the Star Wars Character Dining Experiences will be available and they are open for booking now. Choose from Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast at $49.99 per adult and $31.99 per child ages 3-9 or Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine, Including Fantasmic! Dining Package at $57.99 per adult and $34.99 per child ages 3-9. Prices include tax, but not gratuity. Star Wars Weekends dates are as follows:

  • Weekend I: May 15-17, 2015
  • Weekend II: May 22-24, 2015
  • Weekend III: May 29-31, 2015
  • Weekend IV: June 5-7, 2015
  • Weekend V: June 12-14, 2015

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Flame Tree Barbecue to Close Temporarily Starting Jan. 5: Beginning Jan. 5, construction will start at Flame Tree Barbecue, which will result in an approximate three month closure. During the refurbishment, which is anticipated to last until early April, we will enhance the location by adding additional covered seating areas, covering choice Guest walkways to some pavilion seating areas and extending the roof over the main building to offer additional cover for Guests waiting to place their order. Since the food offerings at Flame Tree Barbecue are favorites amongst Guests, a selection of them will be offered at existing kiosks throughout the park during the downtime.

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Front Desk Reopened: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has reopened the front desk of the Great Ceremonial House, and it’s beautiful!

Resort Holiday Decorations have Returned:

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort:  The all-new “Frozen” gingerbread ice castle at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is adorned with sugar snowflakes, gingerbread shingles and chocolate-coated trees – Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven are decorated with sugar, chocolate and candy.

Disney’s BoardWalk Resort: Also all new is a life-size replica of a Jersey Shore Boardwalk concession stand serving holiday treats – ice cream cones, gingerbread houses and cookies and stollen bread. Sweet wreaths and Mickey- and Minnie-shaped gingerbreads decorate the stand.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: The life-size gingerbread house celebrates 16 years at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – the pastry chefs use the same building plans to re-create a fresh masterpiece each year, using a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria (they estimate 400 hours of baking).

Disney’s Beach Club Resort: Check out the 14th annual Holiday Carousel, a life-size, spinning carousel with ponies made of chocolate and fondant, handcrafted poinsettia and gingerbread snowflakes – look for 14 hidden Mickeys, one for each year!

Disney’s Yacht Club: Find an adorable holiday village with miniature train adorns the lobby, surrounded with sugar rock mountains.

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“Frozen Fun” at Disneyland

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Frozen is invading Disneyland in 2015! All the new Frozen attractions will officially open on January 7th but they will begin select sneak peaks starting December 20th.

  • For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration – The Muppet*Vision 3D theater in Hollywood Land has been transformed for this event into the beautiful Crown Jewel Theatre from Arendelle. You’re invited to step inside and join the Arendelle Historians – along with special appearances by Anna, Elsa & Kristoff – for a fun and comedic retelling of the unique history of their kingdom, filled with delightful, sing-along moments from “Frozen.”
  • Olaf’s Snow Fest – Stage 17 in Hollywood Land plays host to an immersive winter wonderland straight out of the Kingdom of Arendelle, complete with a giant snow play area and musical performances by The Frolicking Fjords and The Tubadors. You can glide down a snow slide, build a snowman of your own and visit everyone’s favorite snowy pal, Olaf and give him a warm hug.
  • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post – Head back outside, and nearby you’ll find Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, where you can pick up the latest “Frozen”-inspired apparel, plush, toys, mugs and more.FrozenOlaf
  • Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome – Anna and Elsa meet & greet will move from Fantasyland to an elegant new location inside the Disney Animation attraction at Disney California Adventure park, where you can meet them as part of a special royal greeting. You may also get a chance to meet Olaf! The colorful and varied display in the Animation Courtyard will also now include scenes and music from Disney’s Academy Award-winning blockbuster hit, “Frozen,” and at Animation Academy, a Disney artist asks, “Do You Want to Draw a Snowman?”
  • Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party – Each evening, you’re invited to “chill out” in Hollywood Land with music, dancing, interactive fun and more in this new, family-friendly experience. You’ll arrive at the party through an icy archway to find wintry décor, dazzling lighting effects, cool photo spots, yummy treats and frosty beverages for all ages. Throughout the night, a giant thermometer registers the drop in temperature, as things get so cool they ultimately reach the freezing point when everyone lets it go in a spectacular “Frozen Fun” crescendo!
  • Mickey’s Soundsational Parade resumes January 7th and Anna & Elsa will once again be on their pre-parade float.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats returns later this month with a new addition to this charming and beloved Fantasyland attraction, with excursions through the world of “Frozen” offering views of the fjord-side village of Arendelle, including the stately castle where Anna and Elsa grew up, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, and Elsa’s mountaintop ice palace. The miniature locales of “Frozen” will find a new home among the familiar scenes of some of Disney’s most enduring and timeless fairy tales.
  • Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink will be continuing through February 22, 2015 at Downtown Disney District
  • Anne & Elsa Boutique is open now at Downtown Disney District.

We will soon be posting a look into what is happening in 2015 for Disney parks and Disney news so stay tuned for our next post!

Happy Disney travels!

Disney News and Updates

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After a nice summer break here at Preschoolears, we are back to work and putting together all the Disney news for 2014 including a new section we are calling “Disney Rumors” to include rumors about parks and movies and such!

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Hollywood Studios had a fabulous Frozen summer and extended the Frozen Summer celebration through the end of August. Disney recently announced that The American Idol Experience will be closing permanantly at the end of August. Frozen Sing-A-Long Celebration will probably be moving into the theater to take it’s place.

Capt. Cook’s at the Polynesian Resort is finally reopened! It underwent renovations and also has a brand new menu! The dining area has been redesigned in a fun Polynesian theme and the touch-screen ordering kiosks are gone. New menu items include Chicken & Waffles, Udon Noodle Bowls, Lobster Roll, Coconut Curry Meatballs, and Polynesian Salad. The menu has many more options including sandwiches, flatbreads and salads. They also serve breakfast including the famous Tonga Toast. Sad to say but the Dole Whip station has been removed and for the time being, guests will have to get their Dole Whips at Aloha Isle at the Magic Kingdom. Disney has said it plans to open a new location at the Polynesian that will serve Dole Whips but no word yet on when it will open.

Memory Maker is now adding video to your visit! If you pre-purchase your Memory Maker and link it with your My Disney Experience, they will add video from your Tower of Terror experience! If you have MagicBands and Memory Maker, you can have an edited video of your thrilling ride within 24 hours. Note: You must have the Magic Band AND Memory Maker for this to be added to your My Disney Experience.

Disneyland

Elsa & Anna Boutique is set to open in the Downtown Disney area in mid-September. Studio 365 will be closing as of August 25th and undergoing a transformation into the new boutique!

Pirates League is returning to Disneyland during Halloween time this year. Pirates League is where “pirates” dressup kids like pirates and pirate princesses including makeup, sash and more. It is a seasonal offering and reservations are recommended.

Disneyland Trip Giveaway: The 1990’s are calling and they want your Disneyland photos! With Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary next year, Disney is doing a Disneyland trip giveaway for those that enter by sharing their favorite 1990’s photo on Instagram or Twitter (any decade photo can be entered for the contest but they will have decade inspirations for you to choose from). Make sure you use the #Disneyland60Contest AND include the decade the photo was from.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is celebrating its 45th anniversary! The park and online Disney Store will feature some special Haunted Mansion merchandise to commemorate the occasion.

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Club 33 has been redesigned and opened for select guests. Club 33 is a private dining club at Disneyland, located behind a secret entrance in New Orleans Square. Only paid members are allowed to enter and dine inside.

Disneyland Diamond Celebration will begin in 2015 as Disneyland turns 60!

Both Disney Parks

New Character Greets: Big Hero 6, the newest Walt Disney Studios animated film being released this November, will have character greets at both parks in the fall. Guests will be able to meet Hiro and Baymax at Disneyland and Disney World. Here is a trailer for the new film (videos accessible on website only):

Disney Movies

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Guardians of the Galaxy – This was a huge summer hit for Disney! Disney has added a dance party at the Villains Unleashed event at Hollywood Studios for the Guardians of the Galaxy. Expect to see more of these characters and merchandise, and possible a second film.

Bears by DisneyNature was released on August 12th on Blu-ray and DVD.

Future DVD releases this year are:

  • Toy Story of Terror on August 19
  • Captain America: A Winter Soldier on September 9
  • Sleeping Beauty on October 7
  • Million Dollar Arm on October 7
  • Maleficent on November 4
  • Frozen Sing-A-Long DVD on November 18

Other Disney News

Macy’s and RadioDisney has launched a number of nationwide events for kids to check out the latest Back To School trends and clothing. Check out the Macy’s Blog to find a date and location near you this fall!

Disney announced it will be selling all its Radio Disney stations except one (in L.A.) and they will be moving to digital distribution.

Amazon versus Disney: Amazon and Disney are in dispute over sales, so as of right now, Amazon has halted all pre-orders of upcoming Disney titles for DVDs and BluRay. It may be difficult to find other Disney titles at the online retailer until this dispute is settled.

Disney Rumors

Star Wars Land – Disney is in the process of developing plans for Star Wars Land to be built at Hollywood Studios in the near future. Since they recently purchased the rights to Star Wars and LucasFilms, it is likely Star Wars will become a major attraction at Disney World in the future.

Disney Vacation Club may see several expansions as quite a few of the Disney World resorts. Disney may be renovating blocks of rooms at several resorts turning them into DVC villas to attract the DVC crowd. Resorts could include Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom, and Boardwalk.

Illuminations at Epcot may be ending, making room for a new water and evening show. Rumors are that the creative mind behind World of Color at California Adventure will be creating a new nighttime spectacular at Epcot to replace Illuminations.


That is our summary of fun and new Disney news! Hope you have a magical day!

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