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DOGtober 2017: Day 13

Starting in two days on Oct. 15, dogs are welcomed at these four  Walt Disney World Hotels:

  • Art of Animation Resort $50/night
  • Port Orleans Riverside Resort $50/night
  • Yacht Club Resort $75/night
  • Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night

Guests are allowed a maximum of two dogs per room, and each guest will have access to pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas. During the dog lovers check in our furry friends will receive a Plutos Welcome Kit that includes:

  • A mat
  • Bowls
  • Pet ID tag
  • Plastic disposable bags
  • Puppy pads
  • Pluto’s “Do Not Disturb” sign to notify the staff that a pet is in the room.

Disney also has a partnership with Best Friends Petcare which is an on property full-service pet facility that assists with pet daycare and other pet services (fees apply). Pets will be allowed to stay in guests rooms but expected to be well behaved, on a leash in public resort areas and of course adequately vaccinated. Also, pet merchandise will soon be coming to the participating resorts!

Not being able to have a dog-friendly hotel was my only complaint about visiting WDW, and now I can go more often and not have to find a babysitter for my little love bugs because they will be with me in my hotel room! They have already experienced five years of Disneyland trips and now get to enjoy all of our WDW trips too! What are your thoughts about this new change? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

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Retirement: Oscar Martinez

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The longest working cast member at the Disneyland Resort announced he is retiring today Sept. 27, 2017. Oscar has been an outstanding cast member since 1956, 60 and half years of magic. He began his career at the Fantasyland quick service location and made his way to Carnation Cafe where he has been working for the past 50 years.

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Oscar is famous not only for his stories about working with Walt but for his potatoes which are named after him on the menu. Shortly after his 60th anniversary at the park, Oscar was presented with an award special for him. Thank you for bringing that little extra magic to the park, I hope your retirement brings you new adventures!

-Dezi

On This Day: Hong Kong Disneyland

On this day in history, Walt Disney 5th park opened September 12, 2005. It over looks the water of Pennys Bay on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. It’s home to Sleeping Beauty Castle which features computerized strobe light system, which creates a sparkling effect that makes the castle look even more magical at night.

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There are three locomotives at Hong Kong Disneyland: Walter E. Disney, a tribute to the man himself: Roy O. Disney, a tribute to Walts brother and co-founder of the company and Frank G Wells who was the president of the Walt Disney Company from 1984-1994. It is also home to the largest Adventureland out of all the Magic Kingdom parks in the world.

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Modeled after the classic English garden and the Tivoli garden in Denmark comes Fantasy Garden. The Cinderella Carasoul features paintings that tell the story of the Dinsey classic Cinderella. Space Mountain is 91 feet tall, while the tallest spire reaches 133 feet high.

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My goal one day is to visit all the parks, and I am very excited to explore this Magic Kingdom. Happy Birthday Hong Kong Disneyland, I can’t wait to see what adventures I have with you.

-Dezi

 

WDW: Precautions for Irma!

Disney has a Hurricane policies, allowing guests to call and cancel or postpone their trip. Within seven days of your arrival, you can reschedule, postpone or cancel your trip with no fees or penalties if you book through Disney.

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Walt Disney World will be closed Sunday and Monday, so if you are on your vacation for those days, you will be hanging out in the hotel. If you were there for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you could exchange for another night, to Mickey’s Very Mery Christmas Party, one-day park hopper ticket that will be good for the next two years or get a full refund.

 

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Some closures/Cancellations include Fort Wilderness, Blizzard Beach, Orlando Airport, Night of Joy, Nighttime Shows. While  Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom will close at seven while Disney Springs, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot will close at 9.

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If you are staying in the Disney Hotels while Irma hits, you are safe. The Dinsey cast members will be there making sure you have everything you need and also keep you entertained. A big thank you to the cast members who will be working and keeping guest safe and continuing Disney magic through this very tough time.

Stay safe.

-Dezi

 

GOTG: Monsters After Dark

Part of the new expansion of Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure, the adventure picks up when the guardians accidentally left Groot behind. Rocket enlists guests to distract the creatures that were released so he can find and rescue baby Groot.

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Apheta, the collectors assistant, may try to ensure you it’s all just a minor set back and to proceed with caution. Once the sun sets during Halloween time GOTG: Mission Breakout! will transform into GOTG: Monsters After Dark with a new song especially for the ride called “Monsters After Dark” created by the one and only Tyler Bates, the composer of the GOTG Films.

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Halloween at the Disneyland Resort will begin September 15 through October 31, will you help save Groot?

-Dezi

Blue Bayou Dining Package!

On select nights guests can feat at the Blue Bayou restaurant for the frightfully fun parade. The package will include a 3 course dinner (starter, entree and dessert) which will include a voucher that provides access to a reserved viewing area for the parade. It will be $69 per adult ad $29 per child, plus tax and gratuity. Special event tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party is not included of the package but is required in order to make attend your reservation.

The dates for Blue Bayou special events are:

September 2017- 20, 22, 25, 27, 29

October 2017- 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31

-Dezi

 

The Great Movie Ride

The Great Movie Ride had its final show Sunday, August 13, 2017, so in honor of this fantastic attraction here are some fun facts!

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  • The Great Movie Ride made its debut with Disney’s Hollywood Studios May 1, 1989.
  • The attraction takes guests o an 18-minute tour of some of the most famous films in the 1930 Era.
  • Great Moments Movie Museum was the original name for the attraction.
  • The ride is a full-scale reproduction of Hollywood’s legendary Graumann’s Chinese Theater.
  • There is nearly 50 life like animatronic replicas of legendary movie stars. The main audio-animatronics have wigs made out of human hair.
  • If you look closely at the Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark scene, you can spot hidden characters: Mickey, Donald, and representations of C3P0 and R2D2.

    What is your favorite moment about The Great Movie Ride? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

WDW: FastPass+ Cheaters!

It’s crazy to think there are cheaters at WDW when it comes to the FP+ system because of Disney, but then again I’m not shocked about this either. In this post, I’ll be talking about the “in-park validation” along with consequences if caught cheating, and the third party guided tours.

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The “in-park validation” means validation of the park admission ticket. Until just recently there has been a loophole with the FP+ systems kiosk. The loophole with the FP+ system kiosk allowed bookings with expired cards or by using the second ticket on their account to book another set of FP+ for the day. Tickets not used to for park admission could get you a valid FP+ reservation. Similar loopholes were found with the cast member passes where 3+ guest passes which allow friends and family entry to the parks with a limited restriction on the FP+ booking without redeeming admission.

marceline-tour_998The third party guest tours where people find and book tours through the many Disney fan sited, craigslist and more. The tours guarantee FP+ usage for all the attractions for their paying clients. What this means that the employees of these third party tours are at the parks during rope drop with handfuls of expired tickets and cards to book all the major attractions at the kiosks for their clienteles.

fastpassplusThis becomes a problem for the thousands of guests who are playing by the rules and paying admission for that day and now can’t find anything they want to do available during their stay. So Disney has decided to do the in-park validation, which will check to ensure that guests are using an active ticket for admission before redeeming an FP+. The consequences if guests are caught cheating, a cast member can deny entry, and if found with multiple attempts you will be locked out of the MyDisneyExperience accounts so you can’t utilize the FP+ booking option. If the behavior were deemed, non-abusive guest relations would be able to unlock the account.

 

 

Unknown-1The situation reminds me with the whole thing about the Disability passes when it was a thing to abuse them and now they are impossible to get to the point of nonexistence. I think what Disney is doing is pretty fair in my opinion because they could take it to a bigger extreme and banned you from the park but they’re not. What are your thoughts on this topic? Is it fair? Or no? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

-Dezi

The Haunted Mansion!

The Haunted Mansion opened at the Disneyland Resort on August 9, 1969 but has been in development since 1958.  The outside of the attraction was completed six years before it opened. In the ballroom you can see the Organ from the 1954 Live-Action film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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Eleanor Audley is the voice of Madame Leota, she is also the voice of Maleficent and Lady Tremaine. On the ride you can also find 999 happy haunts, but the newest one is The Hat Box Ghost which was actually there when the ride first opened. Unfortunately due to technical problems he was quickly removed from the ride and then found his way beck home for the Disneyland Resorts 60th anniversary in 2015.

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Since 2001 its been Jack Skelingtons tradition to take over the attraction not just for the Halloween season but for the Christmas season as well. Buddy Baker was the master mind behind the song “Grim Grinning Ghost” he also wrote the music for the stuffed with fluff Winnie The Pooh. Someone personally purchased a tombstone inside the Haunted Mansion in 2004, they paid $37,400.

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Haunted Mansion Holiday is my ALL TIME FAVORITE!!! I cannot get enough of it and personally i think its better than the original, crazy right? Let me know in the comments below what is your favorite Haunted Mansion, the original or Holiday?

-Dezi

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