There are exciting new things popping up every day at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida!  Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Mouse.”  This week’s Walt Disney World news update features: a ban on selfie sticks at Disney parks, fourth of July fun, new menu items at Hollywood Brown Derby lounge and Artist’s Point, extended military discount, and more.

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Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom Park

New! Selfie Sticks No Longer Permitted at Walt Disney World Theme Parks: Like many other venues, Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks and DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park will no longer permit selfie sticks* effective June 30. Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland theme parks also will be included in this policy change, effective July 1. When selfie sticks are observed at bag check, a Cast Member at bag check will escort the Guest to Guest Relations. Guest Relations will tag the device and give the Guest a claim ticket to retrieve it upon exiting the park. If a selfie stick is discovered inside the park, Cast Members will explain the policy and escort the Guest to a regional Guest Relations location where the device will be tagged and the same process is followed. There are posted signs and guests are being handled informational pamphlets in the parking lots explaining the new policy.

New! Fun for Fourth of July at Magic Kingdom: Disney’s “Celebrate America – a Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” a vibrant fireworks display will paint the sky above Cinderella Castle, and Guests will be immersed in a red, white and blue pyrotechnic revue. This offering will take the place of “Wishes nighttime spectacular” beginning at 9 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m., Guests can rock their stars and stripes at a DJ Dance Party in Frontierland. In addition, “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” will be performed twice on both days at noon and 3 p.m.

Epcot

New! Fourth of July Entertainment Schedule: Celebrate the red, white and blue at Epcot! Guests can enjoy additional entertainment on Saturday, July 4 at the American Adventure: Voices of Liberty Fourth of July Concert shows at America Gardens Theatre, at 12:20, 1:45 & 3 p.m., Meet Patriotic Chip & Dale intermittently from 12-5:30 p.m. and “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” will feature a special Fourth of July finale beginning at 10 p.m.

New! Guest Relaxation Area Opens at Epcot: Guests can take a break from the heat and charge their personal devices in comfort at Epcot at Innoventions. With new seating and additional charging areas, the new Guest relaxation area also offers two food & beverage carts serving frozen beverages and packaged sweet and savory options.

New! Givenchy Gift with Purchase Event: The Givenchy makeup line is celebrating 10 years! Natural or dramatic, matte or shimmer, cream or powder, Givenchy’s makeup line is for every occasion. From 11-9 p.m. on July 1-5, Guests who visit Plume et Palette in France and purchase $100 or more in Givenchy merchandise will receive a complimentary Givenchy pouch and brush set. Complimentary engraving will be available July 2 – July 4 from 1:30 – 7:30 p.m. for Guests who purchase any Givenchy merchandise.

Reminder! Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Under Way: Enjoy the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot through July 25. Every night, hear talented tribute bands bring top rock n’ roll hits to the America Gardens Theatre stage. Showtimes for the concert series are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m., and on July 4, 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.

  • Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston – June 27- July 4
  • Fire & Ice – A Tribute to Pat Benatar – July 5-11 NEW!
  • Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees – July 12-18
  • Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles – July 19-25

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! July Fourth Entertainment at 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.

New! Celebrate Fourth of July with New Cupcake: Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrates Fourth of July with a specialty cupcake! The Independence Day cupcake is made out of apple pie and will be available July 3-5 at the following locations: ABC Commissary, FairFax Fare, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Pizza Planet, Starring Rolls, Rosie’s All American Café, and The Trolley Car Café. This treat is included in Disney Dining Plan.

New! New Menu Items at Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The Hollywood Brown Derby has recently added new small plates and beverages and has a newly renovated outdoor bar. New small plates include grilled Bloody Mary-marinated shrimp and chorizo and heirloom tomatoes on toasted ciabatta with garlic herb butter and a new seasonal soup — Zellwood Corn Bisque, served with a corn and lobster fritter and Ancho chili oil. Or share the Crispy Bites, featuring parmesan and goat cheese risotto sticks with a peach-habanero chili sauce, Brie with a sweet onion and orange jam, and affiné blue and mushroom arancini with a fig and balsamic dip. These new tastes join favorites like The Famous Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb Salad, Derby Sliders, and Artisanal Cheeses and Charcuterie Board. New additions to the drink menu include a Mint Julep made with premium reserve bourbon; the new Bloody Mary turns up the heat with pepper-infused vodka and a garnish of olives, spicy pickles, and pickled green beans; a Champagne Cocktail with sweet and floral elderflower liqueur and Fairytale by Iron Horse Celebration Cuvee (exclusive to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts); Sangria; and, the Grapefruit Cake Martini — a delicious twist on the classic dessert.

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Reminder! ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ Cupcakes Still Available: On Wednesday, June 17, Disney’s Hollywood Studios debuted three Frozen-themed specialty cupcakes! Anna’s cupcake is made out of chocolate buttercream, Elsa’s cupcake is made out of vanilla buttercream and Olaf’s cupcake is made out of carrot cake with cream cheese icing. These treats will be available at the following locations: ABC Commissary, FairFax Fare, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Pizza Planet, Starring Rolls, Rosie’s All American Café, and The Trolley Car Café. The cupcakes are included in Disney Dining Plan, and all “Frozen” specialty cupcakes will be available through Sept. 7

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New! New Menu Additions at Gardens Kiosk and Dino-Bites:  With the reopening of Flame Tree Barbecue on June 30, Gardens kiosk will no longer serve barbecue. Gardens kiosk will serve specialty salads and new tea and lemonades. The specialty salads include Trek Power Salad: Quinoa, beets, edamame, citrus; Farmer’s salad: Blueberries, goat cheese, candied pecans. The tea and lemonades include: Chilled Green Tea, Cucumber-Mint Pomegranate Lemonade, and Raspberry Lemonade. Dino-Bite Snacks will begin serving beer.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows Final Building Open: The Tokelau Longhouse re-opened on July 1, making it the final longhouse opening in conjunction with the Disney Vacation Club refurbishment at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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New! New Chef and Menu Items at Artist’s Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge takes guests on a journey to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, with design inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges. Chef Michael Gonsalves is new at the helm in the Artist Point kitchen, and is having fun with a menu that is focused on the America’s Pacific Northwest. Regional dishes such as Dungeness crab cakes, steamed mussels, Cedar plank salmon and wild-caught prawns and halibut are on the menu, but Chef Michael is having fun with new tastes, too. A dashi-braised short rib starter is served with kombu turnip pickles, daikon and wild greens. Charred field asparagus with Berkshire prosciutto, mustard vinaigrette, and foraged greens also graces the menu. And he showcases produce from the “Land” at Epcot as well with offerings such as the “Land” Greens Salad featuring Masumoto Peaches, and Seed Granola. Favorites such as the smokey portobello bisque with crispy shiitakes stays on the menu, as well as the buffalo strip steak from North Fork Canada. For summer, Chef Michael is adding a new cheese and house-made charcuterie boards. Every dish on the menu gets a wine pairing from sommelier Alvin Burrill, with each selection from Washington or Oregon.

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Reminder! Coffee Shop Pilot at Territory Lounge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will pilot a new coffee shop offering located in Territory Lounge. The shop will operate daily from 7–11 a.m. Guests will be able to choose a variety of items from regular coffee to a Wilderness Bark Latte and much more.

Reminder! Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Fair: Red, White & Blue on the Bayou Event July 3 and 4: Celebrate Independence Day at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Fair: Red, White & Blue on the Bayou Guest event. Festivities will be held at the Riverside Courtyard on July 3 and 4 with a poolside barbecue taking place from noon-5 p.m., followed by games, crafts, live entertainment and character meet and greets from 5-8:30 p.m. Specialty Food & Beverage and Merchandise offerings will also be available for purchase.

New! Fitness Center, Salon and Pool Refurb at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: The La Vida Health Club, the Casa de Belleza Beauty Salon and the Casitas leisure pool will be closed beginning Sunday, July 5, through Monday, Oct. 12, for routine refurbishment. During this time, the feature pool and other two leisure pools will be available. A temporary fitness center will also be available for Guests in the convention center with the exception of the following dates: July 26–Aug. 1, Sept. 20–24 and Sept. 28–Oct. 12..

New! Independence Day Activities at Disney’s Old Key West Resort: Recreation Cast Members at both resorts will be celebrating Independence Day with our Guests with funfilled activities including pool parties, contests, arts and crafts and a golf cart parade at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. Specialty food and beverage offerings will be available for purchase.

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New! Selfie Sticks No Longer Permitted at Walt Disney World Theme Parks: Like many other venues, Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks and DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park will no longer permit selfie sticks* effective June 30. Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland theme parks also will be included in this policy change, effective July 1. When selfie sticks are observed at bag check, a Cast Member at bag check will escort the Guest to Guest Relations. Guest Relations will tag the device and give the Guest a claim ticket to retrieve it upon exiting the park. If a selfie stick is discovered inside the park, Cast Members will explain the policy and escort the Guest to a regional Guest Relations location where the device will be tagged and the same process is followed. There are posted signs and guests are being handled informational pamphlets in the parking lots explaining the new policy.

New! Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Military Discounts Extended: Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are extending the special pricing we announced last July on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty and retired U.S. military personnel at domestic sites. The discounts are extended through mid-December. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 17 for Walt Disney World Resort, Dec. 18 for Disneyland Resort and used by Dec. 20. As Disney fans know, support for the U.S. Armed Forces is a long-standing Disney tradition. We expect more news to be coming soon regarding the 2016 Military discount program.

Reminder! Unique Breakfast Offerings Available in Multiple Locations:  You don’t need a reservation for a great Walt Disney World breakfast. Here are some unique quick service offerings:

  • Maple Waffle Breakfast Cone – BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk
    Fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, melted cheddar cheese in a hand-formed maple waffle cone makes this a BoardWalk breakfast not to be missed.
  • Pop-Tarts® Breakfast Sandwich – Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
    Try a fun twist on a childhood favorite with an egg, bacon and cheese breakfast sandwich served on a strawberry Pop-Tart®.
  • Breakfast Flatbread – Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
    Who says you can’t have pizza for breakfast? This flatbread is topped with scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, crumbled bacon and cheese.
  • Breakfast Panini – Sunshine Seasons at Epcot
    Get a hearty breakfast before Soarin’ with eggs, bacon, roast pork and cheese on a pressed panini, served with breakfast potatoes.
  • Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwich – Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
    Get your veggies in early with cauliflower, spinach and paneer cheese served on naan bread.

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Merchandise Events

July 1 – 5: Take part in a special Givenchy fragrance event at Le Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion at Epcot.

July 2 – 3: Find the latest releases from artist David E. Doss, who will be appearing daily, July 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 from 1 – 9 p.m. at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

July 2 – 5: Appearing at Art of Disney in Epcot throughout the month is artist Larry Dotson. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: July 2, 3, 4, 5, 16, 17, 18, 19, 30 as well as August 1 and 2.

New Merchandise

New! Patriotic Merchandise for July 4th: The newest retail MagicBand features Mickey Mouse standing in front of an American flag. This limited release item has a retail of $24.95 and can be found in select merchandise locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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There is a new Fourth of July limited edition pin with Carl and Ellie from Disney•Pixar’s “Up.” This pin has an edition size of 3,500 and will be released at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as a new open edition Minnie Mouse bow decorated in red, white and blue. In terms of apparel, you’ll find new shirts including a tank top and short and long sleeved options. These designs will be similar in both California and Florida with the only differences being the name of the Disney Resort destination. At Heritage Manor Gifts in World Showcase at Epcot, you will find some unique Americana items including shirts and USA Charm Bracelets by Alex and Ani in both gold and silver.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an authorized Disney vacation planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

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There are exciting new things popping up every day at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida!  Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Mouse.”  This week’s Walt Disney World news update features: a new show coming to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, a new Epcot tour around the World Showcase, dining plan enhancements, and more!

What’s New This Week?

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Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom Park

New! New Show Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: In “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” return to the mortal world for one night during the Halloween season. With only a few hours to run amuck, the three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard! With the help of the Disney villains, Winifred, Mary and Sarah gather together sinister shadows, nefarious nightmares and the power of their frightful friends to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion and cast a spell on everyone in the Magic Kingdom Park. “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” features appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and other great Disney villains, along with dancers, projections and special effects that combine to make this new show a not-to-be-missed Halloween treat.

Reminder! Adjusted Times for Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!: Due to refurbishment work on Main Street, U.S.A., Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! will be presented at 12:30 and 5:40 p.m. on  June 2, June 3, June 8, June 15 and June 29, 2015.

Epcot

New! New Epcot Tour Around World Showcase: A new tour, World Showcase: DestiNations, brings culture, history and Disney magic to life. From the streets of Paris to the Bavarian countryside, see what has inspired the Disney animators for years in the creation of some of our most beloved movie classics. The five-hour World Showcase walking tour discusses highlights from over four thousand years of architecture and world history and ends with a dining experience at Restaurant Marrakesh. Cost is $109+tax per person.

New! Disney-Pixar “Inside Out” Preview Begins at Epcot May 30: Beginning May 30, the Imagination Pavilion theater in Epcot will offer a limited-time special preview inside Disney -Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out.” “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Guests will experience an advance look at a sequence from the film, complete with special in-theater effects and an exclusive introduction from the filmmakers. The “Inside Out” preview is scheduled through July. Captain EO will remain temporarily closed during the preview and is planned to return in July.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Reminder! Star Wars Weekends Schedule: Immerse yourself in another world with the power of Force during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This event runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 15–June 14. While at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll find an entire saga’s worth of characters, specialty shows and celebrities on hand for pictures, autographs, motorcades and more. The 2015 Star Wars Weekends celebrity appearances include:

Weekend III (May 29 – 31)

  • Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Daniel Logan: Boba Fett (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones)
  • Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend IV (June 5 – 7)

  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
  • Jeremy Bulloch: Boba Fett (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend V (June 12 – 14)

  • Frank Oz: Yoda (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi; Star Wars Rebels)
  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
  • Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: A New Hope; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Update! New Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Now Open: The much-anticipated Harambe Market opened  May 23 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There food plays a starring role with African-inspired street food at four walk-up windows and plenty of shaded seating – 200+ seats. Built around a Colonial-era train depot design complete with a 1960s water tower, the marketplace re-creates a bustling center of commerce where guests are welcomed from around the world who have come to visit the little seaside town and venture out to the reserve to observe Africa’s animals. It’s designed to be the sort of food you’d find in a street market in Africa, and the menus are intended to reflect the unique personalities of the establishments’ owners. “Kitamu Grill” offers skewered chicken and a kabob flatbread sandwich. “Famous Sausages” features a corn dog, inspired by a South African sausage called a boerewors, dipped in curry-infused corn batter. “Chef Mwanga’s” serves a spice-rubbed karubi rib with green papaya-carrot slaw. A fourth window, called Wanjohi Refreshments (“wanjohi” means “brewer” in Swahili) offers beverages including six South African wines by the glass; Safari Amber Lager and Orlando Brewing I-4 IPA on draft; red sangria with Van der Hum tangerine liqueur from South Africa and more.

New! Additional Construction Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Construction begins the of May 26 on a new “grab and go” food and beverage location in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom where FastPass tickets were once distributed for Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. Details have not yet been released.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! Pool Hours Change at Grand Floridian Resort: Beginning Sunday, May 24, the pool hours for the Beach Pool at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

New! Changes to My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party: Beginning Nov. 29, the My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party will not be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Reminder! Chef Mickey’s to Offer Brunch: Beginning May 31, 2015, Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will offer brunch. For brunch, the menu of breakfast favorites expands with soup; salads including Caesar; seafood, fresh broccoli, antipasto, chicken and Caprese, and hot dishes such as barbecued ribs, seafood étouffée and baked salmon. (And, yes, the famous Mickey waffles are on the brunch menu.) The ice cream bar and Contemporary bakery sweets also will be part of the expansive buffet. Operating hours in the morning will be changed to 7:00am – 2:30pm, with brunch items being added to the buffet after 11:30am. Hours for brunch are 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Breakfast is still 7-11:30 a.m. and dinner 5-9:30 p.m.) Meals are one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. Reservations open May 22 for what promises to be a popular new addition to Walt Disney World Resort dining.

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New! Dining Plan Enhancements Coming Soon: Starting May 31, Guests will have more flexibility choice in using entitlements in nearly every Disney-operated food & beverage and merchandise venue throughout Walt Disney World Resort. This includes substitutions, expanded snack offerings and more. Details have not yet been released.

New! Hoypoloi Gallery Now Closed at Downtown Disney: After 18 years, Hoypoloi Gallery officially bid Downtown Disney farewell on May 25, 2015. Guests can find some of their favorite art and gift items at Hoypoloi’s sister gallery, Pop Gallery (in Downtown Disney, between Splitsville and AMC Theater). You can also visit their three Chicago locations at O’Hare International Airport (Terminals 1 and 2) and Chinatown. A new location for United World Soccer, a store specializing in authentic soccer gear and merchandise from teams around the globe, will take Hoypoloi’s place in July.

Reminder! “Teen Beach 2:” Beach Party at Typhoon Lagoon May 22-July 5: As part of the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort, a new summertime dance party is surfing into Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. From May 22 through July 5, Guests can join in the “Teen Beach 2:” Beach Party daily (weather permitting) at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Surf Pool Beach. Guests can join “bikers” Rev and Kicks and “surfers” Bingo and Sunny as they dance and play beach-themed games while DJ “Amp” spins remixes of retro tunes. “Teen Beach 2:” Beach Party is inspired by the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Teen Beach 2,” set to premiere this summer.

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Reminder! Cirque du Soleil Dark May 17-31: From May 17-31, Cirque du Soleil will experience a dark period. There will be no performances at this time.

Merchandise Updates

New! ‘Tomorrowland’ Shirt Available at Disney Parks Online Store: To celebrate the release of this new motion picture, a T-shirt for adults, women and kids is now available on the Disney Parks online store through May 28. Designed by Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra, the shirts will contain a glow-in-the-dark “Tomorrowland” logo. The back of the shirts will also have the word “Tomorrowland.” You can find the shirt by visiting this link.  Also, an open edition Tomorrowland pin will be released at Disney Parks. I couldn’t resist recreating a scene from the film using this new pin as a prop. Look for the pin in a variety of merchandise locations at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

Reminder! Star Wars Force for Change: Starting May 15, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will carry T-shirts for adults, women and kids featuring a stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. During the final weekend, June 12-14, they will offer a limited edition stormtrooper pin at Darth’s Mall. Twenty-five percent of the retail sale price of this product will be donated to U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power, an innovative new program that uses the world’s first Wearable-For-Good to get youth physically active to provide lifesaving, nutrition-rich food packets to kids in need around the world. These items are the first products for Star Wars: The Force Awakens released by Disney Parks. They are also the first character products released for the upcoming film. To learn more about Star Wars: Force For Change, please visit www.StarWars.com/ForceForChange.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

Siera is a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations. She would love to help you plan your next magical vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

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Halloween Horror Nights® 25 at Universal Orlando® Resort

May 8, 2015

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Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015

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Teacher Discounts at Downtown Disney Hotels this Summer

May 6, 2015

Would you like to visit the Walt Disney World Resort this summer? All seven Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels are offering teacher appreciation rates. In order to qualify for these low rates, you must be a preschool, day care, K- college teacher or support staff in the U.S. or Canada and provide proof of employment […]

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Don’t Miss Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras- Florida’s Biggest Party

February 6, 2015

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$1,000 Air Credit When You Book a Sandals Vacation

February 4, 2015

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Artist Line Up for Night of Joy 2015 Now Announced

February 3, 2015

Disney has recently announced the artist line up for Night of Joy 2015. There is a great list of Christian artists coming to Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort for this special two night event. Night of Joy brings contemporary Christian music artists for live performances for two nights every September. There […]

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New Frozen Experiences Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Summer

February 2, 2015

Are you or your kids a fan of Frozen? If so, you may want to consider a Disney cruise for your family’s next vacation. Frozen is going to stick around for a while and Disney is not planning to “Let it go” anytime soon. There are a number of new Frozen experiences coming to Disney […]

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Enter Disney Movie Rewards’ Sensational Dalmatian-al Sweepstakes

January 28, 2015

You can enter Disney Movie Rewards’ 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition Sensational Dalmatian-al Sweepstakes for your chance to win an incredible five day, four night vacation to London, England. The Grand Prize winner will receive a five day, four night vacation to London, England for four people, courtesy of Delta Vacations, including: Round-trip coach air transportation […]

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