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'Jungle Book:Alive with Magic' at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/26/2016 (4 days ago)

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'Jungle Book: Alive with Magic' will debut Memorial Day Weekend at Disney's Animal Kingdom. This evening show is a limited-run engagement, to be replaced by "Rivers of Light" debuting later this year. The show takes place on Discovery River and features special effects, music, and more.

This news updates page 187 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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Fulton's Crab House Becoming Paddlefish

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/26/2016 (4 days ago)

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Fulton's Crab house recently closed for an extended refurbishment. Levy Restaurant Group, which owns and operates the location, has revealed that when the restaurant opens in the Fall of 2016, it will have a a new menu and a new name. "Paddlefish" will still feature seafood (including some of Fulton's Crab house favorites) as well as steaks, chops, and more.

This news updates page 250 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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2016 Pop Warner Super Bowl Dates Announced

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/25/2016 (5 days ago)

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The 2016 Pop Warner Super Bowl will be held at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex December 3 - 10, 2016.


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New Podcast: Disney Vacation Planning Tips with Disney 'Dad' Steve Cantafio

Posted by: Jennifer Marx   04/20/2016

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This week the PassPorter Moms are joined by a Disney Dad. Steve Cantafio, Travel Planner with MEI-Travel & Mouse Fan Travel, shares how to make vacation planning fun for the WHOLE family! Plus an update from AllEars.Net, listener celebrations, and more. 

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Ample Hills Creamery to Open at Disney's Boardwalk

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/19/2016

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Ample Hills Creamery, a family run company famous for offering two officially-licensed Star Wars flavors, will be opening a location on Disney's Boardwalk this Spring. (I'll have a cone of Light Side, please!)

This news updates page 254 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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Invictus Games To Be Held at ESPN Wide World of Sports May 8-12

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/19/2016

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The Invictus Games, the only international competition of wounded warriors, founded by Prince Harry of England, is set to begin with the opening ceremony May 8, 2016. 500 athletes from 14 countries will compete in 10 adaptive sports. Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held in Champion Stadium, with musical acts performing at both ceremonies.


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Disney Springs Town Center to Debut May 15

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/18/2016

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The new Town Center area of Disney Springs will open on May 15. The new retail locations in the Town Center will also begin to open on May 15, with the majority being open by July 1, 2016. New stores include Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer, Pandora, Tommy Bahama, Under Armour, Coca-Cola Store, Trophy Room, Edward Beiner, Lacoste, Sperry, Zara, Sephora, UGG, Vera Bradley, Volcom and others.

This news updates page 124 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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Disney Cruise Line Announces Summer 2017 Itineraries

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/13/2016

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In summer 2017, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to new destinations in Alaska and Europe. Other familiar stops include Norway, Iceland, the British Isles, the Mediterranean, and of course, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

In Alaska, one special 9-night and one 5-night itinerary have been added to the regular line-up of 7-nighters. Both "specials" feature a stop at Icy Strait Point (Hoonah) and the longer cruise heads north to Hubbard Glacier.

In Europe, the cruise line adds first-time visits to Amsterdam and Portland, England (near Stonehenge). The rest of the European schedule includes Baltic and Norwegian Fjord sailings from Copenhagen, and British Isles and Norwegian Fjords/Iceland sailings from Dover, England. Barcelona hosts five 7-night Mediterranean cruises, plus one 5-nighter and a 10-nighter.

Back in the Western Hemisphere, the Disney Fantasy will, for the first (and second) times, sail from Port Canaveral for more than 7 nights – one 10-night and one 11-night cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Plus, in June and early July 2017, Disney Dream sailings from Port Canaveral will be one night longer (4- and 5-night sailings), to allow for a second stop at Disney Castaway Cay (the "Double Dip" returns!).

West Coast DCL fans may be happy to learn the Disney Wonder will again pause in San Diego on her way north to Alaska, this time offering three sailings ranging from 2 to 5 nights.

Overall, the cruise line added far fewer new ports of call than we've seen in recent years, but is still mixing things up a bit (variety is the spice of life). We were wondering whether the cruise line would send the larger Fantasy to Alaska, considering the new Panama Canal locks will be opening later this year, but Alaska still seems to be a place of Wonder, rather than Fantasy for now.

Bookings opened to Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Guests April 13 and to all other Guests April 14. For more information, visit www.disneycruise.com.

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'Early Morning Magic' Added to Magic Kingdom on Select Mornings

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/11/2016

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For an extra $69 per person ($59 per child, age 3-9), guests can get access to parts of the Magic Kingdom early on select Tuesday and Saturday mornings, beginning April 26, 2016. (These are non-Extra Magic Hour mornings.) The price includes breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus and access to select attractions in Fantasyland - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Unlike the "Disney After Dark" event, park admission is required in addition to the fee for the event.

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FastPass+ Changes

Posted by: PassPorter News   04/11/2016

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As of April 10, 2016, guests will notice significant changes to the FastPass+ system at Walt Disney World.

- Guests will now be able to choose individual FastPass+ experiences and times, and will no longer need to make all selections for the same day at the same time.
- While guests will continue to be able to select up to three experiences in advance, they now will be able to book fewer than three selections, if desired.
- In addition, when guests have used their pre-selected FastPass+ , they will now be able to make an additional FastPass+ selection via the My Disney Experience mobile app, in addition to in-park kiosks.

This news updates page 120 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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