Name Announced for New Disney Hotel Opening in Japan: Tokyo Disney Resort Toy Story Hotel

Tokyo Disney Resort has announced that its new Toy Story-themed hotel will be called Tokyo Disney Resort Toy Story Hotel. With 595 guest rooms and 11 floors, the hotel’s exterior, entrance, lobby and other areas will bring to life the world of toys based on the Academy Award-winning Disney and Pixar “Toy Story” films. This will be the fifth Disney hotel to open in Japan but the first “moderate type” Disney hotel in the country, offering guests a new option between “deluxe type” and “value type” hotels. The hotel is situated directly in front of Bayside Station on the Disney Resort Line, providing guests easy access to both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Parks. Can’t wait to check this one out!

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Captain Minnie Mouse Takes the Helm of the Newest Disney Cruise Line Ship

Captain Minnie Mouse is already making wishes come true for our newest ship! Today we unveiled that this beloved character will come to life for the first time through whimsical artwork on the bow of the Disney Wish.

The bow’s elegant filigree art, a hallmark of Disney Cruise Line vessels, includes an intricate scrollwork pattern reminiscent of the classic ocean liners of the 1930s. And the portrait of Captain Minnie on the Disney Wish adds just the right amount of Disney whimsy to the design!

The magic of Captain Minnie also came alive today as we reached a significant construction milestone for the Disney Wish marked by the traditional keel laying ceremony. During a ship’s construction, when the first block, or section of a ship, is lowered into the building dock, a newly minted coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. The coin created for the Disney Wish features none other than … you guessed it, Captain Minnie!

The newest captain (in her bold red jacket!) made her splash aboard our ships in 2019 as part of a collection of initiatives aiming to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the cruise industry. And with Captain Minnie at the helm of the Disney Wish, the hope is to continue inspiring girls and young women around the globe!

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Commemorating 20 Years at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort

Disney California Adventure park opened on Feb. 8, 2001 – more than 45 years after Walt Disney opened his original theme park – as part of the largest expansion in Disneyland history at the time. Since then, the Disneyland Resort has become a world-class family destination with two theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney District. 

For the past 20 years, guests at the Disneyland Resort have been captivated by the imagination, creativity and evolution of Disney California Adventure park. 

Today, while our beloved theme parks remain closed, we explore some of our favorite spots throughout the park, showing how “adventure is out there” – just waiting to be discovered.

We start by taking a step back in time, strolling down the idyllic Buena Vista Street. The boulevard depicts a typical Los Angeles neighborhood where a young Walt Disney lived and worked after arriving in Southern California in 1923.

Take a deep breath and soak in the great outdoors at Grizzly Peak. Once your moment of respite passes, think about braving Grizzly River Run, a one-stop destination for thrill-seeking rafters.

Peruse the boardwalk-inspired Paradise Gardens Park filled with retro-style fun. It’s even groovier at night!

Then, let’s enter the wonderful worlds of Pixar and discover four whimsical neighborhoods at Pixar Pier’s seaside waterfront—Incredibles Park, Toy Story Boardwalk, Pixar Promenade and Inside Out Headquarters. 

A favorite spot for foodies, eat your way through Pacific Wharf and enjoy the charming waterfront setting.

Slow down as you cruise through the vibrant Radiator Springs, taking in the majestic Ornament Valley and living the stories of your favorite “Cars” characters in Cars Land. No trip is complete without revving your engine on the high-octane Radiator Springs Racers!

It’s easy to feel like a star in Tinseltown when you step into the lights, cameras and action of Hollywood Land.

Looking ahead, Avengers Campus – an entirely new land dedicated to discovering, recruiting and training the next generation of heroes – will open at a future top secret date.

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Foodie Guide to Valentine’s Season 2021 at Disney Parks

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and our chefs and candy makers from around the world have been busy creating fun and delicious offerings to celebrate this season of love.  

Disney has everything from adorable sweets you can grab on the go to romantic prix fixe meals with extra special touches to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We could not limit all this goodness of edible love to just one day so many of these offerings are available over multiple days. Check out all we have to offer. 

Happy Valentine’s Day – SWAK! 

Disneyland

Marceline’s Confectionery, Downtown Disney District (available Jan. 24 – Feb. 14)

Trolley Treats (available Jan. 24 – Feb. 14)

  • “Bee Mine” Apple – Granny Smith apple dipped in caramel, enrobed in red chocolate, and decorated in white and dark chocolate with cute little chocolate bee.
  • Strawberry Cake Pop – Chocolate cake pop dipped in pink strawberry-flavored chocolate and drizzled with red chocolate.
  • Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Wand – Marshmallow wand dipped in caramel and dark chocolate then drizzled with red and pink chocolate.
  • Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberry – Long-stemmed strawberry dipped in dark chocolate and drizzled in white chocolate.
  • Milk Chocolate Swirl Strawberry – Long-stemmed strawberry swirled in milk, white, and dark chocolate.
  • White Chocolate Dipped Strawberry – Long-stemmed strawberry dipped in white chocolate and drizzled in dark chocolate. 
  • Pink Minnie Candy Apple – Granny Smith apple dipped in caramel, coated in milk chocolate, and decorated with white chocolate, white candy-coated chocolates, glittery pink sugar, and a pink chocolate bow.
  • Tuxedo Strawberry (available Feb. 12,13, 14 only).

Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Springs

The Ganachery (available Jan. 31 – Feb. 14)

  • Sweetheart Minnie Piñata – Minnie Mouse dark chocolate sphere decorated with signature red bow and red heart-shaped dots filled with marshmallow treats.
  • Love Note Heart Piñatas – Chocolate heart filled with heart marshmallows adorned with sweet saying for your love (available Feb 11-14 only).
  • Strawberries and Champagne Ganache Squares – Dark chocolate melded with strawberries and Champagne. Whimsical Cinderella’s coach container (holds two ganache squares) available for purchase.
  • I Heart U Ganache Lollipop – Raspberry and dark chocolate ganache on a stick decorated with I Heart U.

Amorette’s Patisserie (available Feb. 7-14)

  • Dipped Strawberry Bouquet – Strawberry dipped in Guayaquil dark chocolate.
  • Love is in the Air Petit Cake – Pink velvet chiffon, strawberry mousse, chocolate chiffon, peanut butter filling, strawberry crisp pearls, and strawberry jelly.

Marketplace Snacks (available Feb. 1-28)

  • A Valentine Swirl – A swirl of DOLE Whip®  Strawberry and Chocolate Soft-Serve with Chocolate-dipped Strawberry Garnish.

Magic Kingdom Park

Main Street Bakery (available Feb. 12-14)

Various Carts (available Feb. 12-14)

  • Royal Majesty – Strawberry-flavored cake pop dipped in red chocolate and coated with sprinkles.

EPCOT

Biergarten Restaurant (available Feb. 14)

Traveler’s Café (available Feb. 14)

Garden Grill Restaurant  (available Feb. 14)

  • Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie – Sugar cookies with heart sprinkles.

Coral Reef Restaurant (available Feb. 14)

  • Red Velvet Cake with white chocolate cream cheese icing, raspberry coulis, and a chocolate strawberry truffle.

Le Cellier Steakhouse (available Feb. 14)

  • Red Velvet Chocolate Bar – Dark chocolate crémeux, red velvet cake, white chocolate-orange-flavored liqueur, and raspberry coulis.

Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, Masterpiece Kitchen Food Studio (available through Feb. 22)

  • Vanilla, rose water, and pistachio panna cotta.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Creature Comforts (available Feb. 2 – Mar. 1)

  • Valentine’s Brownie with Mousse Dome – Strawberry mousse atop a chocolate brownie with valentine heart sprinkles.
  • Valentine’s Cupcake – Chocolate cake, cherry filling, and vanilla frosting with a chocolate zebra-striped heart.

Restaurantosaurus Restaurant (available Feb. 2 – Mar. 1)

Flame Tree Barbecue (available Feb. 2 – Mar. 1)

  • Valentine’s Cupcake – Chocolate cake with milk chocolate, soft ganache filling, vanilla buttercream, and Simba and Nala chocolate coin.

Dino-Bite Snacks (available Feb. 2 – Mar. 1)

  • Valentine Ice Cream Sandwich – Strawberry ice cream between two chocolate cookies rolled in sprinkles.

Tiffins Restaurant (available Feb. 14)

  • Valentine’s Dessert – Chocolate-hazelnut mousse, pistachio cookie, berry coulis, pistachio sponge, chocolate ganache, and hazelnut liqueur-infused chocolate strawberry.

Nomad Lounge and Tiffins Restaurant (available Feb. 12-14)

  • Rose Rosé – Vodka, single estate rye, simple syrup, rose water, and rosé brut.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Gasparilla Island Grill, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Roaring Fork, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Contempo Café, Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Ale & Compass Marketplace, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Beach Club Marketplace, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Capt. Cook’s, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

BoardWalk Bakery, Disney’s BoardWalk

P&J Southern Takeout, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Primo Piatto, Disney’s Riviera Resort

Available Feb. 11-15

  • Valentine’s Day Cinnamon Candy Cupcake – Cinnamon sponge cake filled with red cinnamon mousse topped with heart-shaped vanilla buttercream and Mickey & Minnie chocolate garnish.

Landscape of Flavors, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Everything POP Shopping & Dining, Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Centertown Market, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Artist’s Palette, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Good’s Food To Go, Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Wind & Waves Market, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Available Feb. 11-15

  • Call Me Sweetheart – Chocolate cupcake filled with hazelnut cream topped with chocolate hazelnut and strawberry buttercream, white chocolate heart, and strawberry crisp pearls.

Valentine’s Day Celebration Wine Package (offered Feb. 11-14)

All Resort Locations Offering Mobile Order

  • A bottle (187ml) of sparkling wine and two squares of dark chocolate ganache with pink raspberry center served in Cinderella’s coach container. Conveniently available on mobile order.

Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera, Disney’s Riviera Resort 

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu (available Feb. 11-14)

  • Sparkling Wine Toast Included.
  • Choice of One Appetizer:
    • Gnocchi – Duck confit, pesto bianco, garden kale, and pinole.
    • Romaine Insalata – Ricotta, watercress, acciuga, lemon, and olio d’oliva.
  • Choice of One Entrée:
    • King Salmon – Artichoke risotto, sauce vierge, upland cress, and huile d’ olive.  
    • Filet Mignon – Truffle mashed potatoes, charred barbeque onions, fungi purée, and vinaigrette.
    • Rigatoni – Braised chicken sugo, chanterelles mushrooms, dandelion greens, broccolini, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. 
  • Choice of One Dessert:
    • Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake – Sea salt caramel center, chantilly, and raspberries.
    • Key-to-Your-Heart Dessert – Raspberry chèvre cheesecake, milk chocolate mousse, strawberry mousse heart, almond crumble, hibiscus meringues, and fresh strawberries.
  • Special wine pairings will be available.

Narcoossee’s, Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu (available Feb. 11-14)

  • Choice of One Appetizer:
    • Endive and Pear Salad with Gorgonzola, cherrywood-smoked bacon,
      and apple-maple vinaigrette.
    • Maine Lobster Bisque – Butter-poached lobster, coral, and chervil.
  • Choice of One Entrée:
    • Grass-fed Filet Mignon served with Yukon Gold mash, roasted carrots, cipollini onions, and red wine-oxtail reduction.
    • Pan-seared Georges Bank Day Boat Scallops served with Parisian-style gnocchi, peas, ham, and truffle-Meyer lemon cream.
  • Dessert:
    • Key-to-Your-Heart Dessert – Raspberry chèvre cheesecake, milk chocolate mousse, strawberry mousse heart, almond crumble, hibiscus meringues, and fresh strawberries.
  • Special wine pairings will be available.

California Grill, Disney Contemporary Resort 

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu (available Feb. 11-14)

  • Sparkling Wine Toast Included.
  • Choice of One Appetizer:
    • Plant City Strawberry Salad – Butter lettuce, strawberry variations, corn shortbread, and avocado. 
    • Braised Beef Short Rib Wontons with doenjang miso-cola-onion sauce, crispy garlic-chili oil, radish, and pickled lotus root. 
    • Yellowfin Tuna Sampler – Maki, Oshizushi, Nigiri, Tartare served with Wasabi, pickled ginger, dashi, crispy garlic, yuzu-gooseberry gel, soy gel, and tapioca-nori puff. 
  • Choice of One Entrée:
    • Jumbo Scallops served with herb basmati rice, lobster, cashew chutney, bok choy, baby shiitake, and kaffir lime-coconut nage. 
    • Oak-fired Wagyu Striploin served with potato-celeriac-apple pavé, leek fondue, and fig-onion demi.
    • Green Circle Chicken served with truffle-potato rostï, porcini cream, baby turnips, and roasted cipollini.
  • Dessert:
    • Key-to-Your-Heart Dessert – Raspberry chèvre cheesecake, milk chocolate mousse, strawberry mousse heart, almond crumble, hibiscus meringues, and fresh strawberries.
  • Special wine pairings will be available.

Hong Kong Disneyland

Dreamer’s Lookout, Disney Explorers Lodge (available Feb. 12-14)

  • Dreamer’s Lookout Chocolate Gift Box – Personalized Mickey and Minnie chocolate bonbons, Mickey dark chocolate truffle, and Minnie milk chocolate truffle.

Walt’s Café, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel (available Feb. 13-14)

  • Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner – Four-course menu with caviar, veal liver, halibut, scallop, and Spanish red prawn. Included are two glasses of Champagne and one Alex and Ani bracelet for that special someone.

Shanghai Disneyland

Royal Banquet Hall, Enchanted Storybook Castle (available Feb. 14)

Valentine’s Day Dinner Set Menu for Two:

  • Sparkling Wine Toast Included.
  • Appetizer: Antipasto Misto.
  • Soup: Seafood Cioppino.
  • Entrée: Porterhouse Tagliata with Chianti Jus and Grilled Mixed Vegetables.
  • Dessert: Peach Mousse with Oolong Tea Jelly and Almond Joconde.
  • Valentine Gift: Three-Piece Chocolate Box. 

Aurora, Shanghai Disneyland Hotel (available Feb. 11-17)

Aurora Spring Festival Dinner for Two

  • Sparkling Wine Toast Included.
  • Appetizers: Blue Swimmer Crab Salad and Angus Australian Beef Tartare.
  • Soup: Lobster Soup with Scallop Dumpling.
  • Choice of One Entrée:
    • Beef Wellington.
    • Pan-seared Canadian Halibut.
  • Dessert: Coconut Rice Mango Roll with Coconut Rum Ice Cream.
  • For guests dining on Feb. 14, they will receive a small bouquet of flowers per table and enjoy a special wine pairing.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Blue Bayou Restaurant, Tokyo Disneyland (available through Mar. 29)

Chef’s Special Course

  • Appetizer: Selection of Seafood – Cajun Shrimp and Marinated Seafood.
  • Choice of One Entrée: 
    • Roast Beef with Light Gravy.
    • Grilled Chicken with Cream Sauce scented with Bourbon.
  • Choice of One Dessert:
    • Blackcurrant Mousse.
    • Chocolate Cake.

S.S. Columbia Dining Room, Tokyo DisneySea (available through Mar. 29)

Chef’s Special Set

  • Appetizer: Smoked Salmon and Barley with Marinated Scallop and Shrimp.
  • Choice of One Entrée:
    • Roast Beef with Tarragon Sauce.
    • Cod Meunière with White Wine Sauce.
    • Roast Beef and Baked Lobster Tail with Tarragon Sauce and White Wine Sauce.
    • Kuroge Wagyu Tenderloin Steak with Tarragon Sauce.
  • Dessert: Strawberry Verrine and Chocolate Cake.

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Ultimate Guide to Jurassic Park at Universal Orlando

Do YOU have a dinosaur lover in your home? We have the place for YOU!

Seeing a dinosaur on screen for the first time is a moment most of us will never forget.

Having a dinosaur in real life interrupt your photo op by attempting to bite your head is also a moment that most of us will never, ever forget AND is just one of the many unique experiences in Jurassic Park at Universal Orlando!

Years after the Jurassic Park 1993 film release, Universal Orlando Resort developed a dedicated land to these films in Islands of Adventure. It has everything — a river boat ride, the iconic Jeep, and, yes, dinosaur encounters!

With the recent news of the new, ridiculously thrilling roller-coaster, Jurassic World VelociCoaster, opening in Jurassic Park in summer 2021, we are officially counting the days until the new attraction opens. Best way to pass the time until the ride opens? Spend all of our time in Jurassic Park.

If stepping into the world of Jurassic Park in person is high on your must-do list, then consider this your travel guide for your upcoming visit.

WHERE TO STAY

Let’s be clear, any Universal Orlando Resort hotel option is going to be a phenomenal stay with plenty of theme-park perks. But If you want the ULTIMATE Jurassic vacation, you gotta go with Loews Royal Pacific Resort and their Jurassic World Kids Suites! The second you open the paddock door, you have entered the world where Velociraptors, Pteranodons, and even the Indominus Rex roam.

I have 2 boys and we have stayed in this suite. It was a parenting WIN! My boys couldn’t stop thanking me and saying this was the BEST ROOM EVER!

WHAT TO DO

The moment you enter the iconic gates into the land you are surrounded by the jungle, immediately hear the iconic theme-song, and if you look down at the sidewalk you’ll notice our Universal Creative team left no stone unturned and no fossil imprint left un-included. Make your way through the land to take in all the sights and experiences from the films!

There is a lot to explore and a lot of tropical plants and foliage to set the tone for your adventure. Throughout the land you’ll stumble upon Jeeps for the perfect photo ops, shops, dining, and rides.

This attraction offers a scenic water boat tour where you can see a baby Stegosaurus and other ominous creatures in their natural habitats. It’s all peaceful enough until you encounter an unexpected guest and plummet 85 feet! Three things are pretty much guaranteed at this point: you will scream, you will get soaked, and you will have a blast on this combination of thrill and water ride.

With kids in the family, this is a must-do!! Located across from Jurassic Park River Adventure in Camp Jurassic, it allows two people (one has to be a child) at a time to fly above the land beneath the 10-ft wings of a Pteranodon! There is no better way to take in the sights of Jurassic Park and beyond.

What is Universal Orlando Resort if not an immersive playground for guests to experience first-hand the thrills of the worlds they love? Stop by Raptor Encounter and meet Blue from Jurassic World or our new baby Raptor, Sierra.

Slowly approach the dinosaurs for a quick photo moment (one of the best photo ops in the parks!).

Pro-tip: Try to be calm because she will sense your fear and she will feed off it.

Feeling ravenous as you explore? There are a few great dining spots that offer a variety of food options.

If burgers meet your fancy, head over to The Burger Digs, located in the top floor of the Discovery Center. It is known for burgers and soft serve milkshakes and we have the photo evidence to prove how good they are. (There are also dietary accommodations including a vegan cheeseburger platter.) The whole place is decked out in skeletal remains, so you’ll feel like a paleontologist on your lunch break at a research facility.

A little known secret that far too many people walk right past is The Watering Hole! You can find this spot located near the arch entrance to purchase some tasty beverages and incredible snacks — nachos, hotdogs, and churros. My favorite is the pulled-pork nachos, but you really can’t go wrong!

If you’re looking for something a little different than the burgers and pizza options above, then check out Thunder Falls Terrace. This restaurant offers an array of rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, smoked turkey legs, soups, salads, and more.

Thunder Falls Terrace is also another spot to cool off from the hot weather, hide from any roaming dinosaurs, and just enjoy the company of your group.

Take everything you think you know about theme park food-carts, throw it out the Jeep window, and try this dulce de leche churro. Natural Selections, right across from Jurassic Park River Adventure, is one of the best spots to fuel up in Jurassic Park. Every selection, including the delicious beef empanadas and papas rellenas, are walk-and-eat friendly so as to not slow down your prehistoric journey.

SOUVENIRS TO BRING HOME

Swing by the local shops for some souvenirs ranging from dinosaur toys to vintage-style shirts. Collect the items from two different stores available in the land, which include Dinostore and Jurassic Outfitters. 

There are many dinosaur items to purchase and you will want them all! With kids in the family, there are numerous dinosaur toys from small collectibles to stuffed animals.

Make sure to grab any and everything that features the iconic Jurassic Park or Jurassic World logos. The well-known design is on sweatshirts, mugs, posters, playing cards, and cell phone cases.

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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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The Liberty Belle Sets Sail as the Rivers of America Prepares a Return to Magic Kingdom Park

For nearly 50 years, guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park have embarked on a relaxing half-mile journey around the picturesque waters of the Rivers of America, sailing aboard an iconic grand streamer riverboat with stunning views of both Frontierland and Liberty Square. But after many years of helping guests make memories, the Liberty Belle riverboat recently took her own very unique journey, sailing through open water.   

Last October, cast members drained the waters of the Rivers of America, sending the Liberty Belle to dry dock behind Magic Kingdom Park in order to replace her underwater track.  In preparing for her return, teams worked together overnight to sail her through Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon, around Disney’s Contemporary Resort and crossing in front of Magic Kingdom Park.  They then towed her by hand through a narrow water channel before underwater divers reconnected her to the newly refurbished track and brought her home. Once docked back in Liberty Square, cast members put on the finishing touches before opening to guests this morning.

In the Liberty Belle’s absence, more than 100 cast members contributed their specialized crafts and skill during the four-month scheduled refurbishment. Anchored by the planned track replacement for the vessel, cast members took advantage of the Rivers of America being drained to also make some enhancements including updated rockwork, landscaping and adding fresh paint to the surrounding areas.

A project of this scale truly took a Kingdom to ensure its success, and today guests and cast members can once again sail the waters of the Rivers of America aboard this historic 47-foot authentic steam-powered paddle wheeler.

If you are visiting Magic Kingdom Park this year, be sure to head on over to Liberty Square to enjoy this classic attraction.  

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Canada bans cruise ships into 2022

You might have already heard that the Government of Canada has prohibited Cruise ships until March 1st of 2022. We are monitoring the situation and our clients affected by this extension.

We stay up to date on all travel notices to give you peace of mind while traveling. If you have a cruise booked with a Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company Travel Advisor, we will be contacting you to let you know of your options.

Below is the release from Canada:

The Government of Canada continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on the marine and tourism sectors. Keeping Canadians and transportation workers safe and healthy are top priorities for Transport Canada.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced two new Interim Orders, which prohibit pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022. This means:

  • Adventure-seeking pleasure craft are still prohibited from entering Arctic waters.
  • Passenger vessels carrying more than 12 people are still prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters, including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, and the Labrador Coast.
  • Cruise vessels carrying 100 or more people are still prohibited from operating in Canadian waters.

Pleasure craft used by local Arctic residents will not be affected by these measures.

With these prohibitions in place, public health authorities will be able to continue focusing on the most pressing issues, including the vaccine rollout and new COVID-19 variants.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada continues to advise Canadian citizens and permanent residents to avoid all travel on cruise ships outside Canada until further notice.

Essential passenger vessels, such as ferries and water taxis, should continue to follow local public health guidance and protocols, and follow mitigation measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks. These could include: reducing the number of passengers, ensuring physical distancing, the wearing of masks, and enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures.

Cruise vessels in Canadian waters pose a risk to our health care systems. The Government of Canada will continue to evaluate the situation and make changes as necessary to ensure the health and safety of all Canadians. Should the COVID-19 pandemic sufficiently improve to allow the resumption of these activities, the Minister of Transport has the ability to rescind the Interim Orders. 

Robo Carts Have Arrived at Walt Disney World Golf Courses

Walt Disney World Golf is continually looking for ways to enhance the golf experience and their latest innovation is already turning heads up and down the fairways around Walt Disney World Resort!

Introducing the Robo-Cart!

If you’ve ever walked around an 18-hole golf course carrying your clubs or using a push cart, you know that can be exhausting. Disney Golf aims to ease that hardship with the Robo-Cart, a small robotic golf cart that uses GPS and Bluetooth technology to transport your clubs safely around the course.

Golfers merely clip on the cart’s small transmitter (I found that attaching it to your belt behind your back works best), load your golf bag on it and then the autonomous cart follows a few paces behind you wherever you go. If you stop, the cart stops. If you start walking, the cart starts moving (max speed is approximately 7 mph).

Obviously you have to be a little careful when you’re walking across narrow bridges or along any lakes on the course, but Disney Golf officials told me the GPS technology in the carts is very accurate and, as a result, they have not had any incidents of golfers leading the carts into any trouble.

The Robo-Carts, designed by Club Car, are also equipped with all of the amenities that golfers need –  beverage cooler, cup holder, sand bottle and even a USB port so you charge your smartphone while you play. The front of the cart has a color GPS screen that gives you all of the standard yardage information typically available on full-size riding golf carts.

Walt Disney World Resort is one of only a few places in the surrounding area where you’ll find these robotic carts in use. They are ideal for Disney’s Oak Trail golf course, a 9-hole walking course that appeals primarily to families and younger golfers, however they are also available if you want to walk the 18-hole Magnolia and Palm championship courses.

The best part is the Robo-Carts rent for only $10 in addition to your green fees. They are available only at the Palm, Magnolia and Oak Trail courses.

And here’s another tip for you: If you’re interested in playing on Saturday or Sunday mornings, you can book your tee time at least six days in advance to get a 10 percent discount on your green fees ($49 plus tax). It’s part of a new “Early Bird’’ program for weekend tee times before 11:30 am.

See you on the tee box!

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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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