7 Reasons to Be Excited for the Opening of Disney’s Blizzard Beach in March 2021

SPRING BREAK is right around the corner! Do you have plans? Why not head to Walt Disney World and check Blizzard Beach?!?!

The wait is finally over! Cast members will begin returning soon to prepare Disney’s Blizzard Beach for its scheduled reopening on March 7, 2021. First opened to the public on April 1, 1995, this spring will kick off Blizzard Beach’s 25th season. In honor of this exciting news – here are seven fun facts you may not have known about Disney’s wintry-themed water park.

1.Blizzard Beach has a special story all its own 

A ski resort in Florida? You heard that right! As the story goes, a legendary snowstorm in Florida prompted local opportunists to build a ski resort. When Florida’s climate returned to normal temperatures and the snow began to melt, Blizzard Beach was born.

2. Blizzard Beach is home to one of the fastest waterslides in the world

The ultimate water park thrill ride, Summit Plummet is a 120-foot-tall waterslide with a near-vertical drop. Guests accelerate up to 65 mph on the slide, making it one of the fastest attractions at Walt Disney World.

3. There’s no shortage of tasty treats

From churros to Mickey ice cream bars, you can discover many of your favorite snacks at the Disney Water Parks.  There are plenty of menu items to choose from, including these loaded nachos from Avalunch.

4. The first chairlift in Florida was built at Blizzard Beach

Want to know a Disney secret? This colorful chairlift, built to ferry guests to the top of Mount Gushmore, was the first of its kind in the state of Florida. The chairlift offers a scenic bird’s-eye view of Blizzard Beach and easy access to Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher and Teamboat Springs.

5. There’s a full-service beach bar serving Blizzard Beach-inspired cocktails

Piña CoLAVA anyone? How about a Blue Blizzard Margarita? The Polar Pub serves as Blizzard Beach’s own full-service beach bar and offers specialty cocktails inspired by the park’s stories.

6. Cross Country Creek is one of the longest lazy rivers in the U.S.A.

At 3,000 feet, Cross Country Creek ranks among the longest lazy rivers in the country. It takes between 20 and 30 minutes to complete one journey around the waterway – depending, of course, on how lazy you want to be!

7. Teamboat Springs is one of the world’s longest family whitewater raft ride

One of the world’s longest family whitewater raft ride is none other than Teamboat Springs at Blizzard Beach. Along the winding rapids of Teamboat Springs, guests encounter remnants of the fabled snowstorm in the form of snowshoes, snow shovels, melting icicles and a snow mobile.

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Recipe for the ‘Colette’ Champagne Cocktail at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

Anyone can cook … or in this case, mix!  

For this installment of #DisneyMagicMoments, we’re excited to spotlight one of my favorite places aboard our Disney Cruise Line ships: Remy, the French-inspired fine dining restaurant on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. We’ll take a quick look at some of the exquisite design details that make this location so unique and also share the recipe for one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails.

As you might have guessed, Remy is named after the tiny chef with a passion for cooking in the 2007 Disney•Pixar film “Ratatouille.” Evoking the romance of Paris, the City of Lights, this restaurant offers the most luxurious dining experience aboard our Disney Cruise Line  ships. The elegant dining room is softly lit and designed in a timeless Art Nouveau style with tasteful nods to the film, including artful appearances of Remy. Some of my favorite details are featured in the images below!

But of course, there is the main event – the cuisine. Guests will dine on fine French fare from an ever-changing menu brought to you by the culinary talents of two prestigious chefs,  Scott Hunnel and Arnaud Lallement, who are both internationally recognized for their outstanding creations.  

And these delectable masterpieces are accompanied by an array of fine wines and libations. Which leads me to the “Colette” Cocktail, a beverage inspired by chef Colette from “Ratatouille.” At Remy, this signature cocktail is handcrafted tableside, expertly combining champagne and vodka and garnished with three Cassis pearls and dried pineapple cubes. And now you can impress your friends and family by making it at home! See the recipe details below: 

Colette Cocktail (Served at Remy aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy) 
Serves 1 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 oz. Grey Goose VX 
  • 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier Paris Edition 
  • 4 oz. Champagne 
  • 3 Cassis Pearls (optional) 
  • 2 Dried Pineapple Cubes 

Instructions: 

  1. In a martini glass, place Cassis Pearls. 
  2. Add champagne and vodka. 
  3. Finish with dried pineapple cubes. 

So bring a sophisticated taste of Paris into your home this weekend. 

And stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes stories, recipes and other #DisneyMagicMoments coming your way from Disney Cruise Line on the Disney Parks Blog!    

Á la vôtre! 

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Throw It Back to the ’70s with New Wear It Proud Collection, Available Now at Disney Parks and Online at shopDisney.com

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Are you a dancing queen or a disco king? This new Disney Parks Wear It Proud Collection will take you right back to the ’70s, whether you were around in that decade or not! The wide assortment of apparel in fun, vibrant colors has something for every hippie at heart!

 

Get a groovy Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort spirit jersey at your next park visit, and you’ll be boogieing down all night long!

Perfect for the beach, a day at Disney Parks, or a dance party, these colorful Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort tank tops will keep you cool as a cucumber.

When the sun goes down, you’ll stay warm in these far-out hoodies and jogger pants. There’s no better way to run around Disney Parks in style!

Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort can wear their ’70s pride on their wrists with a limited-edition Wear It Proud MagicBand.

Carry your modern belongings in retro style with an adjustable crossbody bag, perfect for a day at the parks!

Hey, Sunshine! Don’t let the rays get in the way of your fun. Sport an out-of-sight Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort baseball hat. Can you dig it?

Complete any of these looks with these psychedelic platform Crocs, and you’ll be stepping out in style!

Already excited for this new collection? At select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, you can take part in a Mickey Tie Dye recreational activity that lets you join in on all the retro fun! Visit Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort for this exciting offering. Check your Recreation Guide or ask a recreation cast member for specific days and times of offering.

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If you’re visiting Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort, check out some of the top locations that carry this groovy collection:

Walt Disney World Resort:

  • Star Traders (Magic Kingdom Park)
  • MouseGear (Epcot)
  • Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)
  • Once Upon a Time (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
  • World of Disney (Disney Springs)

Disneyland Resort:

  • Pioneer Mercantile (Disneyland park)
  • Bonanza Outfitters (Disneyland park)
  • Elias & Co. (Disney California Adventure park)
  • World of Disney (Downtown Disney District)

Of course, if you can’t make it to Disney Parks, you can find an assortment of both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort items such as jackets, spirit jerseys, t-shirts, tanks and more online at shopDisney.com.

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Disney Cruise Line Takes #1 Spots in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Cruise Line Rankings for the Seventh Year in a Row

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For the seventh year in a row, Disney Cruise Line has earned number one spots in the Best Cruise Lines for Families and Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean categories of the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Cruise Line rankings.

These annual rankings celebrate the very best of the best and recognize how our fantastic teams continue to outdo themselves each and every year. In the words of our Disney Cruise Line President Jeff Vahle, “The energy and enthusiasm our Crew Members bring to their roles is the driving force behind why Disney is such a trusted name in cruising.”

U.S. News & World Report rates more than 150 cruise ships based on an analysis of expert and user opinions that factor in traveler type, overall cruise ship quality, reputation in the industry, types of itineraries, approval ratings and more.

There is so much passion and planning that goes into creating the perfect ocean-going vacation for each member of the family, but what is the best thing about a Disney cruise for you? Is it seeing the Broadway-style shows in the Walt Disney Theater or splashing along our amazing “water coaster” at sea? For me, it’s watching the waves roll in from the comfort of a swaying hammock at our island paradise, Disney Castaway Cay. And, I will never miss an opportunity (and you shouldn’t either) to indulge in a delicious brunch at Palo, our chic adult-exclusive restaurant.

Hope to see you around the ship real soon!

Since we first set sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has delivered incredible family vacation experiences that combine the magic of Disney with the wonder of exploring different parts of the world. From Broadway-style productions inspired by classic Disney tales and dedicated spaces for kids and adults to signature dining and spa experiences, Disney Cruise Line offers something for every member in your family. For a full list of this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Cruise Line rankings, visit U.S. News 2020 Best Cruises Guides.

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*Photo and info from Disney Parks Blog

Christmas in July at Walt Disney World Resort! Time to start planning!

 

 

xmas2If your dreams include more sugar plum fairies than beach balls and sunscreen, then you’ll want to join us as we prepare for the most magical time of the year at Walt Disney World Resort. Yes, it’s Christmas in July, and it’s the perfect time to begin planning your Disney holiday vacation.

Perhaps one of the most beloved events of the season is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. The magical party will begin on November 8 and run through December 22, 2019, on select nights. Brand new this year is Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show. The holiday nighttime spectacular will include some of your favorite seasonal songs such as “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls” and even “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” Make new memories with your family as you reminisce about the holidays of the past all while enjoying this festive event, hosted by Minnie Mouse.

This enchanting, special ticketed event will also allow guests to meet some of their favorite Disney Characters decked out in their holiday best. Special character experiences have also been known to take place during the party, including Jack Skellington dressed as the one-and-only Sandy Claws.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is another holiday tradition not to be missed. The 11 World Showcase nations will proudly display their country’s magical decorations, and of course they will be serving up their delectable food at the expanded Holiday Kitchens. Guests will also enjoy live musical productions featuring costumed performers that will bring time-honored holiday traditions to life. “Candlelight Processional” is another joyous event that takes place in Epcot. Join celebrity narrators, such as Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg, as they tell the Christmas story accompanied by an amazing orchestra and spectacular choir.

This year guests will not want to miss the brand-new holiday entertainment and decorations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From Discovery Island to Pandora – The World of Avatar, festive holiday lights and celebrations will transform every land into an extra magical location. In DinoLand, U.S.A., you won’t want to miss rockin’ around Truck-O-Saurus at the Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Chip ‘n Dale!

And don’t forget the popular “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” that is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios November 8, 2019. The holiday spectacular will run through January 5, 2020.

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Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way! New at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

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A Disney Villain you love to hate will be hosting her own festive and fabulous event during this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park!

You can now book the all the perfect place to mix and mingle with Cruella de Vil and be part of her circle of puppies, aka friends! Enjoy a fun, festive atmosphere, with themed background music and décor, and a great view of Town Square.

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Beginning at 9:30 p.m., this new and special experience will allow you to pop in and out at your leisure and indulge in savory hors d’oeuvres with a taste from the Witches Cauldron—a kettle of gooey and creamy spinach dip with ciabatta crostini, assorted Halloween flatbreads and more! In addition, there will be sweet treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake and mini cannoli, Kanine Krunchy cake and Mini De Vil brownies and a variety of beverages including beer and wine selections and more

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But the party doesn’t stop there! You will also have access to a special reserved viewing area for the truly enchanting “Mickey’s Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade at 11:15 p.m., featuring some of Cruella’s villainous pals.

After the parade, the fun continues at Tony’s where you can hang out until 12:30 a.m.

Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way is available for $99 per person (plus tax) every Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event night at Magic Kingdom Park. Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required to attend. Seating is available for guests as they dine on a first come, first serve basis and shared seating is encouraged amongst guests to enjoy both the food and company the party has to offer.

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Universal Studios HOLLYWOOD Edition!

I’m going to HOLLYWOOD!

Saturday is my husbands birthday.  I am accompanying him on a business trip to California.  Before he has to start work at his conference, we are spending Saturday at Universal Studios Hollywood.  I got him a VIP Experience for his birthday!

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We love Universal Studios Orlando so we are excited to experience Universal Hollywood!

Here is what we can expect on our VIP Experience!

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The VIP Experience is the most exclusive way to go behind the scenes at the world’s largest movie studio and Theme Park. It’s the ultimate way to visit Universal Studios Hollywood.

Exclusive Backlot Access

Tour the movie industry’s busiest sets in a special trolley, where you can disembark to explore areas not open to the general public.

  • Visit actual sound stages where blockbuster movies and TV shows are filmed.
  • Visit our World Famous Property Department, home to thousands of set pieces and decorative items used for film and television production.

Exclusive Theme Park Benefits

Enjoy VIP privileges with escorted express access to rides and attractions, such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™.

  • Begin your day in our exclusive VIP lounge with light snacks and refreshments
  • Savor a gourmet meal in our private VIP dining room, prepared by Universal’s very own executive chef
  • Enjoy valet parking and VIP entry to the Park
Expert Tour Guide
Our expert VIP guides will immerse you in the past, present and future of Universal’s Backlot.

  • Our VIP guide will escort you through the express line at rides and attractions, such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™.
  • They will also find you the best seats at seated shows.

Here is a video of some of the highlights!

 

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Disney Cruise Line and Captain Minnie Mouse Inspire Next Generation of Female Ship Captains

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With a collection of new initiatives, Disney Cruise Line is making a splash to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the maritime industry. The debut of Captain Minnie Mouse, new nautical youth programs and new scholarships are designed to empower girls and young women to pursue careers in the cruise industry and chart a course for success.

Introducing Captain Minnie Mouse

We know how Disney characters have a unique ability to inspire and connect with children. Now at Disney Cruise Line, Captain Minnie Mouse will encourage young girls around the world to consider a career in the maritime industry. She will spread the message of exploring new horizons, both by land and by sea.

Captain Minnie Mouse, in her crisp new uniform with smart white trousers or skirt and a bold red jacket emblazoned with captain’s insignia, will make the rounds on all Disney ships starting in April.

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Empowering Women through Maritime Scholarships

This year, Disney Cruise Line will sponsor four scholarships at the LJM Maritime Academy in The Bahamas for female cadets who aspire to be ship captains and shipboard leaders. The scholarships, one for each of the ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, include two years of study at the academy and one year of service aboard a Disney ship.

Nautical Fun for Children at Sea

Onboard Disney Cruise Line ships later this year, Captain Minnie Mouse will appear in an all-new youth activity where young captain hopefuls practice STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills in a fun maritime-themed activity. Children will hone their STEM and problem-solving abilities – skills that play an important role in the maritime industry – in a series of engaging, hands-on activities.

The interactive experience will be a journey of discovery, exploration and imagination that will be offered in Disney’s Oceaneer Lab aboard all Disney ships.

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Why Knot – Taking Nautical Fun Ashore

As part of a commitment to encourage future generations to pursue careers in the maritime industry, Captain Minnie Mouse will visit children in some of Disney Cruise Line’s homeports and ports of call. Children will have an opportunity to meet Captain Minnie Mouse and be inspired by her “can do” qualities and ability to tackle any goal she sets her mind to.

As part of these local community visits, Captain Minnie Mouse will be accompanied by a female Disney Cruise Line officer or crew member to showcase their roles in the maritime industry and raise awareness about career choices for women aboard a cruise ship.

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Exclusive Captain Minnie Mouse Merchandise

To celebrate the excitement of Captain Minnie Mouse at the helm, Disney Cruise Line is unveiling a special line of merchandise, exclusive to the Disney fleet. Items in the nautical-themed collection of apparel and gifts tout the tagline, “You Can Call Me Captain.” A brand-new Captain Minnie Mouse plush will be introduced this summer.

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Captain Minnie Mouse also takes the spotlight on a new PANDORA Jewelry charm, available for purchase exclusively onboard.

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Last Minute Disney World Trip!

I am excited that today we have a guest blogger!

Meet Tami!

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So you think you’re too late to book a Disney World trip? Let me tell you some of our favorite trips have been booked last minute and we are at it again.  The number one rule when booking a Disney trip is managing your expectations.

Walt Disney World is HUGE! Unless you are visiting for a month, you won’t see everything and eat everywhere. Maybe your 1st choice isn’t available but that’s where we have to manage our expectations of what our trip will be. Maybe our favorite resort isn’t available or our must have restaurant. Maybe we can’t get that FASTPASS we are looking for. Let me tell you. All of these scenarios could happen even if you booked your trip 6 months ago.

So how do you begin?

Resorts!

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Start with your resort options.  We just booked a trip for a week starting June 13th staying at Port Orleans Riverside in the Royal Rooms.

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We are beyond excited and we are making it a surprise to our children.  This is a resort we have wanted to stay at but it hasn’t worked out in the past.
We are already within our FASTPASS booking window but as an added adventure, we aren’t going to book our FASTPASS’s until 3 days before we check in.

We want to show you that your trip can be AMAZING even if you book it within a short time frame.

So stay tuned: Next up is booking our dining reservations.

 

Tami Golden is a Travel Specialist with Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company.

You can contact her at Tami@MadHatterAdv.com for a FREE quote on your next magical Vacation!  All of her planning services are FREE to you when booking your adventure with her!  She specializes in Disney, Cruises, All Inclusives, European Adventures, and well anything else you can dream up.

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First-of-its-Kind Play Pavilion, New Park Entrance Part of Epcot’s Historic Transformation

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As you may have heard, Disney has got BIG plans for its multi-year transformation of Epcot, with new experiences that’ll “Wow!” you while keeping true to the original vision of the park. Today, we excited to share even more of what’s to come.

The ongoing evolution of Epcot includes plans for a play pavilion that’ll be unlike anything you’ve ever seen at the park. This new space will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city that’ll come to life under the dome of the un-named pavilion previously known as Wonders of Life. The pavilion’s city will be bursting with interactive experiences, your favorite Disney characters, hands-on activities and engaging entertainment when it opens just in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort!

“This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we have ever created and is completely unique to Epcot,” said Zach Riddley, portfolio executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create, and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for Epcot – and another signature element of our transformation.”

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There will also be exciting changes to the way you come and go at Epcot! As you can see above, changes are coming to the Epcot main entrance, where the plaza will welcome guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a newly reimagined fountain. This new design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements.

As part of the new entry experience, Leave A Legacy photos will be moving into a beautiful setting just outside the park’s gateway. Additional significant redevelopment will begin between Spaceship Earth attraction and the World Showcase Promenade. More details about the transformation of this area will be announced at a later date.

And if you’re as excited as we are about these upcoming projects, you’ll soon be able to look into the future with us at a new Experience Center coming to Epcot later this year. The Experience Center will be located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion and feature interactive exhibits to help visualize park projects throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.

 

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