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Fourth of July Celebrations at Walt Disney World
Posted by: PassPorter News on 06/30/2015 (1 day ago)



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Planning to be at Walt Disney World this weekend? Here is where you can celebrate Independence day (from Disney Parks Blog):

Magic Kingdom - “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” rockets into the air above Cinderella Castle. This special, fireworks spectacular will be presented two nights in a row, at 9 p.m. on both July 3 and 4.

Epcot – On July 4, enjoy a special concert of great American songs by Voices of Liberty at America Gardens Theater, where they’ll be performing at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3 p.m. You can also meet Chip ‘n’ Dale in patriotic attire outside The American Adventure, and at 10 p.m. that evening “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” joins the celebration with the addition of a heart-pounding, all-American grand finale.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios –The “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party leads up to a “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration,” as the sky above Disney’s Hollywood Studios ignites in a shower of shimmering light for a pyrotechnic, rock ‘n roll road trip across America. The DJ kicks things off at 5:45 p.m. and keeps the party going until fireworks time at 10:15 p.m.



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The Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios Closing
Posted by: PassPorter News on 06/30/2015 (1 day ago)



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The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney's Hollywood Studios will close on July 12, 2015. The Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse character meets will be moved to new locations. (The Big Hero 6 character meet is being discontinued.) No official word on what will be replacing The Magic of Disney Animation.

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DisneyQuest Closing in Early 2016
Posted by: PassPorter News on 06/30/2015 (1 day ago)



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According to the Orlando Sentinel, DisneyQuest will be closing in early 2016 and will be replaced by the NBA Experience. The NBA Experience will feature interactive games, a store, and restaurant.

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New Podcast: Crowd Control - Handling Peak Season at Walt Disney World
Posted by: Jennifer Marx on 06/24/2015 (7 days ago)

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This week Jennifer and Sara will discuss their tips for visiting Walt Disney World during the busy summer season. How to avoid the crowds, stay cool, and enjoy your vacation. (If you guessed, "Do less, enjoy more!" will be mentioned, bonus points!) Plus an update from AllEars.Net, listener celebrations, and more. 

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Issues with Disney Vacation Account
Posted by: PassPorter News on 06/23/2015



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The Disney Vacation Account website experienced issues last week during an upgrade which resulted in users bank accounts having too much withdrawn. In some cases, this resulted in the bank accounts being overdrawn. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Disney is working with affected users to remedy the situation. The Disney Vacation Account website is still down.

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Changes to Disney Dining Plan
Posted by: PassPorter News on 06/23/2015



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From our friends at AllEars.Net: As of May 31, 2015, the following changes were made to Table Service and Quick Service Entitlements:

  • You may now use an unlimited number of your available meal entitlements at one time. For example, if you wish to cover dinner for friends dining with you who are not on the Dining Plan, you will be able to use your entitlements to do so. (You must specifically request this.)
  • If you are using the Deluxe, Premium or Platinum dining plan you may now use any child meal entitlements for adult entrees. (This change does not apply if you are on the regular dining plan.)
  • Dessert substitutions by request only: You may substitute your dessert for a fruit plate, side salad or cup of soup where available. You still cannot swap your dessert for a regular appetizer. This will only be done at your specific request.
  • You can now substitute any dessert or non-alcoholic beverage for a DDP snack credit. This must be done in the same transaction. You are now able to substitute one Quick Service meal for up to three Snack DDP items, but this must be done during the same transaction. Instead of a single Quick Service meal you could, for example, get three sodas.

As of May 31, 2015, the following changes were made to Snack Entitlements:

  • Snacks are no longer determined based on price. Here are some examples of items now considered snacks: any soup at a Quick Service location; any ice cream novelties; any hand-scooped ice cream (including sundaes) with two scoops or less of ice cream and NOT in a souvenir container; anything listed as a side at a Quick Service location; any single-serve, non-alcoholic beverage that's not in a souvenir container.
  • You can now also use a snack credit for the following breakfast items: cereal, French toast sticks, oatmeal or quinoa, grits, biscuits and gravy, hard-boiled eggs or a side of bacon, sausage, potatoes or eggs.


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Walt Disney World Makes Changes to Hold and Payment Policies
Posted by: PassPorter News on 06/23/2015



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Beginning June 22, 2015, Walt Disney World has changed the policies regarding packages. Rooms and packages can now only be held for three days (previously seven days), guests can change or cancel up until 31 days prior to travel, and final payment is due no later than 30 days prior to travel. (Previously guests had until 45 days prior to change/cancel or pay in full.)

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New Podcast: Walt Disney World Dining Update with AJ Wolfe
Posted by: Jennifer Marx on 06/16/2015

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This week AJ Wolfe from DisneyFoodBlog.com joins Jennifer and Sara to discuss rumored changes to the Disney Dining Plans, summer dining tips, and more. Plus an update from our friends at AllEars.Net, listener celebrations, and Q&A!

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Vivoli Gelateria Open in Disney Springs
Posted by: PassPorter News on 06/16/2015



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Vivoli Gelateria has opened it's second location in The Landing section of Disney Springs. (The other location is in Florence, Italy!) Visitors can watch the Gelato being made and choose from more than a dozen varieties in addition to shakes, espresso, panini, and baked goods.

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Updates on Disney Springs Locations
Posted by: PassPorter News on 06/16/2015



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STK Orlando will open in Disney Springs on late 2015. This upscale, steakhouse restaurant will offer roof top dining with a "lounge atmosphere." The Edison, opening in 2016, is themed to resemble a 1920's electric company, and reflect "an exuberant era of invention and imagination." This restaurant and lounge will feature multiple themed areas and will have live performers nightly.



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